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May Meteor Storm

23 May 2014, 17:05 UTC
May Meteor Storm
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There is a possible large meteor storm occurring this evening! It should produce a large amount of meteors if predictions are accurate. This is not a “shower”, but known as a storm. The difference is that the shower produces a show over a period of a few weeks while this storm is only to last a few hours. That being said, you’ll still be able to see meteors here and there, but the large concentration is tonight.
The storm should start around 11:30 PM tonight and end around 2:30 AM Saturday morning (PST). There are several time zones posted here, so it shouldn’t be a problem for you to find. The radiant of the storm is near the North Star. this only means that the trails produced by the meteors will be pointing to this vicinity, so you are equally likely to see the meteors from any point in the sky. Hopefully the weather will hold out for a nice view, as this could be a potentially large output of meteors up to 1000. My opinion is this is a bit over optimistic, but you never know until you look!

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