cloudy tonight, chance of (meteor) showers
As you may remember, I didn't get to see the Perseid meteor shower in August (and I've never seen a shooting star outside of a Spielberg film). The local paper reports that I may get a chance tonight/tomorrow morning...
The annual Leonid meteors will come storming through the sky early Tuesday in a show not likely to be matched for nearly 100 years.
Viewing conditions will be partially obscured by a full moon, and clouds and maybe a few sprinkles are forecast to move into the area this evening. That's the bad news. The good news is that the meteor storm will really light things up and overcome the bright, setting moon on the other side of the sky, if the weather cooperates.
"If we did not have a full moon, it would be close to 3,000 meteors an hour at peak," said Brian Murphy, director of the Holcomb Observatory at Butler University. "We'll certainly see at least a tenth of that -- 300 to 400 meteors per hour."
The moon also will create enough light -- blotting out local street and building lights -- that it won't be necessary to go out into a dark, rural area to see the meteors, Murphy said. However, skygazers who do so likely will see more action.
Update: I was up at 4 a.m., but solid overcast prevented any meteor viewing. Maybe next time...