Daytime Meteors??

By: Susie77 , 12:10 PM GMT on June 06, 2009

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Space Weather News for June 5, 2009

DAYTIME METEORS: The annual Arietid meteor shower peaks on Sunday, June 7th. The Arietids are unusual because they are daytime meteors; they stream out of a point in the sky not far from the sun. The best time to look is just before dawn on Sunday morning when it may be possible to spot a small number of Arietids skimming the top of Earth's atmosphere. Such "Earthgrazing" meteors tend to be long, colorful, and very pretty. After daybreak, when the meteors are no longer visible to the human eye, you can listen to radar echoes from the Arietids by tuning in to our online meteor radar: .

"The Arietids are the strongest daylight shower of the year," notes Bob Lunsford of the American Meteor Society. "If you could see them through the sun's glare, you would count as many as 60 per hour. Also, don't forget that the daytime Zeta Perseids peak only two days later and are considered the second strongest daylight shower. In all my years of viewing I have never seen a Zeta Perseid, but I have seen a few Arietids. They have all been Earthgrazers and very impressive meteors."

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1. 0084PenguinLover
12:15 PM GMT on June 06, 2009
Hey, Susie, I haven't seen you around in a spell. Welcome back! I hope the weather here in PacNW is favorable for that. this will be the first time I have been off for those! And, Hey, I most likely will be up.

It sounds like if I grab my binos and head for the campus here at work, I might be able to reduce the light polution too! Thanks for the info!!

Peace, PL
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