The Meteoric Gales of November

Meteor Crossing! view larger

Northern Michigan astronomer and radio program Ephemeris host Bob Moler actually came up with The Meteoric Gales of November to describe the annual November Leonid meteor swarm:

November 18, 2006 Leonid Meteor Shower

At 11:45 p.m. the earth is calculated to pass through the debris trail of Comet Tempel-Tuttle’s 1932 passage near the sun. Comets shed material when they pass close to the sun. This comet’s orbit passes very close to the earth. From Northern Michigan the radiant point, from which the meteors will seem to come will have just risen in the east.

We have a ton more about this on Leonid Meteor Showers in Michigan on Absolute Michigan. I just wanted to point out that although I’m a total slacker here, I am accomplishing things in the blogoverse.  Take The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald & more Michigan Shipwrecks for instance. If you’re a fan of the song, you must click that link.

Photo Credit: The above picture was taken by Gregory Pleau of Halton Hills, Canada. He says that it is of star trails taken during the Perseid meteor shower near Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario. He has a blog that has a lot about geocaching but also explores things like “genuine software / product activation“.

Another photo that the guy didn’t want blogged but is nonetheless cool is of meteors over Oregon’s Mt. Hood.

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