METEOR SHOWER: Earth is entering a stream of dusty debris from Halley's Comet, the source of the annual eta Aquarid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on Wednesday, May 6th, with as many as 85 meteors per hour over the southern hemisphere. Rates in the northern hemisphere will be less, 20 to 30 per hour. The best time to look is during the dark hour before local sunrise on Wednesday morning. Visit http://spaceweather.com for sky maps and details.
Gosh, remember heading out to Colossal Cave in 1986 to see Halley's Comet - outing was arranged by Flandrau Planetarium at the University of Arizona. Overheard a woman comment to her husband "not much to look at, just a fuzzy ball". I was besides myself with excitement. We had a great naked eye view. Dragged along the teenage son of a friend (my kids were way to young...we were out at midnight) and thinking to myself that when the comet is next visible (July 2061) this kid (now a Navy SEAL) will be 90 something and will tell his grandkids, "I remember this crazy lady hauling me off to see this when I was your age." Certainly hope you remember Morgan.
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