Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Camelopardalids Meteor Shower

There is a new meteor shower (called the Camelopardalids), that is expected to peak the evening of May 23 and the morning of May 24. Because it is new, no one is 100% certain how it will be behave. Or even if it exists at all.

If the predictions are correct, observers in southern Canada and the continental United States are best positioned to see the shower. The predictions may be wrong; even if you live somewhere else it is worth taking a look. Meteor showers are easy to observe, all you need is clear skies, a little patience and of course meteors.

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Earth from the International Space Station

You can watch the earth from cameras recently installed on the ISS (International Space Station).

Please note, you may see a grey screen or a black screen. When the ISS is on the night side of the earth, you get a black screen. A grey screen indicates they are switching cameras or there is a technical difficulty.