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Meteor Storm turned out to be a bust

May 25 2014, 4:40am CDT | by , in News | Other Stuff

Meteor Storm turned out to be a bust
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The spectacle didnt quite turn out the way NASA had predicted it would

It appears that a predicted "storm" of meteors has turned out to be more of a bust. However, a few in the Midwest US have claimed that they got a better glimpse of the shower than in the mid-Atlantic. It was expected that the earth would possibly pass through a debris trail which was left there by the Comet 209P/LINEAR which was discovered in 2004.

It was predicted by the astronomers that there would be somewhere between 100 to 400 "shooting stars" per hour, with a peak from 2-4 a.m. Saturday. But as it happened, the meteor storm peaked at only around 5-10 meteors per hour. Carl Hergenrother, an astronomer with NASA, told WGN9 in Chicago the event was a "huge disappointment." He continued saying that "We were expecting or hoping that we would see at least a couple meteors a minute, maybe at least one meteor a minute. I'm actually in Tucson, Arizona in my home and I was outside and watched for two and a half hours last night, and even though I did see 16 meteors, that's about normal for an average night for a sky as dark as the one over my house."

 

Furthermore, he also stated that "Chances are we just didn't understand what this comet was doing over the last two years, how much dust it produced and where that dust went, so our models were clearly wrong."

On the other hand, Space.com, which is a sky watching website, reported that they had seen a stronger meteor storm in Toronto, Indiana and through the northern lights of Canada.

source: baltimoresun

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