Of possible interest - meteor shower

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This has been known for a while but they are now getting the timing narrowed down.
From Sky & Telescope:

Will there be a new meteor shower on the night of May 30–31?
There’s only one way to find out.
Meteor observing can be relaxing and enjoyable — and potentially dramatic. Yet the only equipment needed for serious meteor watching is your eyes and a modest amount of patience. Most of the annual meteor showers are fairly predictable, but the main attraction is that it’s impossible to predict what you will see. Occasionally you might be surprised by a dazzling fireball or the brilliant flash of a bolide.

During the overnight hours of May 30–31 things might turn exciting.

In the fall of 1995, Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 (SW3) fractured into several pieces and left a trail of fragments in its wake. Should the Earth encounter this stream of debris, a sudden outburst of meteors might erupt, ranking with some of our richest annual displays (Geminids and Perseids). There’s even a small chance that something extraordinary — perhaps a full-scale storm of meteors — might take place.

Or perhaps, visually, nothing at all will happen.


The shower likely will last only a few hours. As to when it should reach its peak, for those in the Pacific Time Zone this should be around 10 p.m. on May 30th; for those in the Eastern Time Zone that translates to about 1 a.m. on May 31st. Sadly, for the Pacific Northwest, the twilight sky will probably be too bright, precluding a view of any possible display.

I'll be watching and have my camera set up.  Might be specatcular.  Might not...

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