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05/19/2014 – Ephemeris – The meteor storm and an all night star party to view it

May 19, 2014

Ephemeris for Monday, May 19th.  Today the sun will be up for 14 hours and 57 minutes, setting at 9:08.   The moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 1:33 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 6:09.

This will be a first for the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society, an all night star party this Friday night and Saturday morning. The reason is the predicted meteor storm Saturday morning from Comet 209P/LINEAR, discovered in 2004.  Near a I can tell no one has seen a single meteor from this comet.  However several astronomers who work on cometary debris have some confidence that debris from this comet which orbits the Sun every 5 years will cross the Earth orbit on the morning of May 24th around 3 a.m. give or take.  The hardiest of the GTAS members will be at the Dune Climb of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore all night.  Join us if you can.

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 Camelopardids, the meteors from the comet 209P/LINEAR at 3 a.m. on May 24, 2014. Credit: My LookingUp program.

Meteoroid stream

Earth’s motion in respect to the expected meteoroid stream from Comet 209P/LINEAR. Calculations by Jeremie Vaubaillon. From meteor.seti.org.

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