Both Mars rovers are back and hard at work again since the Martian dust storms have started to die down. Opportunity will be going down into Victoria crater,(pic below) which has exposed bedrock, a geologists dream. Spirit will be overtaking the Viking 2 lander for the title of the 2nd longest lasting spacecraft on the surface of Mars: 1290 sols (martian days). Viking 1 holds the record with 6 years 3 months and 22 days!, don't think that's gonna be beat anytime soon.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
This Saturday morning at 5:00am MDT. the rare Aurigids meteor shower will begin.
There are predictions of up to 200 meteors per hour, but the most intense part of the shower will last only 20-30 mins starting around 5:30am MDT. as Earth passes through the narrow dust stream left behind by comet Kiess around 83 BC, Roman Empire times.
The picture above shows where the meteor shower will be visible from, because comet Kiess only left a narrow dust stream only Western North America and Hawaii will be able to view this rare event. The radiant point (the point where the meteors seem to start from) is in the constellation Auriga. Auriga will be high in the NE part of the sky at that time. There are only 3 people alive today that have viewed the Aurigids and no one has taken any pictures. The next scheduled Aurigid meteor shower won't be for another 50 years. I will be out trying to get some pics with my trusty digital camera snapping away like Anna did to get her great shots of the Perseids, unfortunately Anna will on the sideline for this one since she lives too far east, I've been running her ragged lately asking her to take pictures of all these events, she'll be relieved to know she can sleep in on this one. I have found you a great multimedia presentation on comets, it's great, a bunch of little vignettes not more then a few minutes long for each one, it's great if you're like me and have the attention span of a newt, there's nothing more scary then clicking on someones multimedia thingy and find out its 49 hours long and you don't want to be rude and just leave, I get up do my laundry make supper check back every once in a while and then eventually leave. Another cool thing, I got this great 14 second YouTube video of the Perseid meteor shower, that's right only 14 seconds, it leaves you wanting more, so I kept on clicking on the play button until I'd had enough.
Posted by Bob Johnson at 1:22 PM