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June meteors – in daytime! June 4, 2015

Posted by aquillam in Astronomy, MichiganAstro, Urban Observing.

There’s an incredibly unusual meteor shower going on, but it’s a bit tough to observe. Here’s the text from the spaceweather.com email alert:

Earth is entering a stream of debris from an unknown comet, and this is causing one of the most intense meteor showers of the year.  Ironically, most sky watchers won’t notice because the shower peaks in broad daylight.  We only know it’s happening because a radar in Canada is picking up echoes from meteoroids streaking through the blue sky overhead.  Astronomers call these meteors “Arietids” because they emerge from the constellation Aries not far from the June sun.  For observing tips on how you might be able to see earthgrazing Arietids just before sunrise in the mornings ahead, visit http://spaceweather.com

For “observing” daytime meteors, you might want to check out the AMS’s page on forward scattering radio observations. They have a nice set of recordings, so you can hear the difference between meteors and other random events. Once you know what to listen for,  you can set up your radio, or head back to Spaceweather, where they have usually have links to live audio streams.



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