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05/13/2014 – Ephemeris – A possible meteor storm for the early morning hours of May 24th

May 13, 2014

Ephemeris for Tuesday, May 13th.  Today the sun will be up for 14 hours and 44 minutes, setting at 9:01.   The moon, 1 day before full, will set at 6:16 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 6:15.

A meteor storm is an enhanced meteor shower in terms of numbers of meteors seen over a short interval.  Some astronomers predict one where no meteor shower has been seen before, on the morning of May 24th this year.  In the last couple of years two astronomers have projected the orbits of the debris from the comet now known as 209P/LINEAR, discovered in 2004.  These astronomers are Peter Jenniskens of the SETI Institute and NASA and Esko Lyytinen of Finland.  The International Meteor Organization calendar for this year reports predictions for the peak of meteor storm to be between 3 and 4 a.m. on May 24th.  But no one really knows if the meteor storm will show at all.  I’ll tell you of local observing plans on Thursday.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Camelopardalids Radiant

The expected radiant for the meteors of the May Camelopardalids, the meteors from the comet 209P/LINEAR at 3 a.m. on May 24, 2014. Credit: My LookingUp program.

Note that the meteors will appear all over the sky, but can be traced back to this radiant.

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