Thursday, August 30, 2007

2000-Year-Old Meteors to Rain Down on August 31, 2007

If you happen to be up this Friday, August 31st at 4 am you could see a meteor that is 2,000 years-old. The Aurigid meteor has a narrow tail and will approah the Earth from teh Auriga constellation. If you spot this meteor, you'll be one of four people alive who have seen this meteor shower.

This very rare shower will occur again on 1 September 2007. A brief shower of tens of meteors will radiate from the constellation of Auriga, many as bright as the brighter stars in the sky. The Earth will be in the thick of it during the one hour centered on 04:33 a.m. PDT.

So grab your camera and snap a photo as this meteor will never come around again in our lifetime.

Most meteors that sporadically flash across the sky on a dark moonless night date from anonymous times.

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