Falling Skies: August is Meteor Season!

Falling Skies by Heather Higham Our friends at EarthSky share that August is THE month for meteor watching, with two major showers: The Delta Aquariid meteor shower is long and rambling. You might catch a Delta Aquariid anytime from about July 12 to August 23 each year. The nominal peak falls on or near July … Continue reading Falling Skies: August is Meteor Season!

2020 Geminid Meteor Shower on Tap!

Geminid Meteor by Ken Scott Photography Science News has an excellent story by Ken Crowswell on the Geminid Meteor Shower which peaks this Sunday night (December 13) when: …countless meteors will shoot across the sky as space particles burn up in our atmosphere and meet a fiery end. Most meteor showers occur when Earth slams … Continue reading 2020 Geminid Meteor Shower on Tap!

Chasing the 2020 Perseid Meteor Shower

Milky Way over Bond Falls with a dash of Perseids by Sathya “I am beginning to love the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”~Sathya R. EarthSky explains that the annual Perseid meteor shower is one of the most beloved meteor showers of the year, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, where the shower … Continue reading Chasing the 2020 Perseid Meteor Shower

Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks this Weekend!

Starry Night by Steven Karsten The annual Orionid shower peaks this Saturday, but Earthsky’s page on the Orionid Meteor shower says that Friday night might be the best viewing: The Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak this weekend, though this year, in 2018, the shower must compete with the glare of the brilliant waxing gibbous … Continue reading Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks this Weekend!

Lyrid Meteor Shower AND Northern Lights this weekend!!

Lyrid Meteor … sprinkle, photo by Ken Scott Photography I got an alert this morning that the Kp levels that predict the likelihood of northern lights is at 5 to 6 over the next two nights making the aurora a strong possibility for much of Michigan. Lots about the northern lights on Michigan in Pictures. Now … Continue reading Lyrid Meteor Shower AND Northern Lights this weekend!!

Falling Skies: The Geminid Meteor Shower

Falling Skies, photo by Heather Higham The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight but will continue tomorrow as well. EarthSky explains: The shower starts around the second week in December, but, in a bit of bad timing, full moon comes on the peak night (December 13-14) this year. Still, these meteors are known for being … Continue reading Falling Skies: The Geminid Meteor Shower

Lions in the Sky: The 2016 Leonid Meteor Shower

Aurora Fireball, photo by Ross Ellet Space.com’s page on How to Watch the Leonids says in part: The Leonid meteor shower happens every year in November, when Earth’s orbit crosses the orbit of Comet Tempel-Tuttle. The comet makes its way around the sun every 33.3 years, leaving a trail of dust rubble in its wake. … Continue reading Lions in the Sky: The 2016 Leonid Meteor Shower

May’s Eta Aquariad Meteor Shower

Milky Way over Au Sable Point Lighthouse, photo by Michigan Nut EarthSky shares details on this week’s Eta Aquarid meteor shower: In 2016, the forecast calls for the greatest number of Eta Aquarid meteors to light up the predawn darkness on May 5 and 6. It should be a good year for this shower, with the … Continue reading May’s Eta Aquariad Meteor Shower

Eyes on the November Skies: North Taurid & Leonid Meteor Showers

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, photo by Snap Happy Gal Photography I woke up early this morning, and after seeing 5 meteors in just ten minutes, realized that the Taurid meteors were still kicking, how about an upcoming meteor shower update courtesy EarthSky’s 2015 meteor shower page: Late night November 12 until dawn November 13, 2015, … Continue reading Eyes on the November Skies: North Taurid & Leonid Meteor Showers

South Taurid Meteor Shower and Northern Lights!

FIREBALL!, photo by Ken Scott Well, my farewell tour to Autumn lasted a whole day. What can you do with things to share like this though? Yesterday NOAA’s Space Weather tipped us off that there was a chance of strong geomagnetic storms producing northern lights. Now NOAA forecasters are saying there’s a good chance of … Continue reading South Taurid Meteor Shower and Northern Lights!