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Draconid meteors

2pixels_short

Anchorage, US
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2pixels_short Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Registered since 16th Oct 2003
Mon 08-Oct-12 11:46 PM

Radar in Canada began picking up a major outburst of Draconid meteors commencing at around 9 a.m. PDT today. "Radar rates are at 1000 meteors per hour," reports Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "This is greater than last year's outburst, and 5x the 2005 level."

Cooke encourages northern sky watchers, especially in Europe where night is falling, to be alert for Draconid activity. Because radars are sensitive to very small meteoroids, there is no guarantee that this radar outburst will translate into meteors visible to the human eye. On the other hand, a brilliant display could be in progress. The only way to know is to go outside and look up!

Mike in Alaska


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