Tuesday, April 21, 2009

SpaceWeather Update:

Two Things happening early tomorrow morning - don't forget!!

Source: www.spaceweather.com

MORNING METEORS: Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Thatcher,
the source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower
to peak on Wednesday, April 22nd, with a display of 10 to 20 meteors per
hour over the northern hemisphere. Occasionally, Earth passes through a
dense region of the comet's tail and rates surge five- to ten-fold. In
1982, for instance, observers were surprised by an outburst of 90 Lyrids per
hour. Because Thatcher's tail has never been mapped in detail, the outbursts
are unpredictable and could happen again at any time. The best time to
look, no matter where you live, is during the dark hours before dawn on
Wednesday morning April 22nd. Visit http://spaceweather.com for full

Here's another link from SpaceWeather.com:


The 2nd happening is...
LUNAR OCCULTATION OF VENUS: Even if the Lyrids fizzle, there is still
something wonderful to see on Wednesday morning, April 22nd. The crescent
and Venus are going to have a close encounter of jaw-dropping beauty.
Look low and to the east just before sunrise. Observers in western parts of
North America will see a lunar occultation: Venus will disappear behind the
Moon's limb just after 5 am PDT and reappear again an hour or so later.
Details may be found in this Science@NASA story:

See you outside bright and early tomorrow morning with a fresh cup of coffee!

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