Monday night will be an opportunity to witness a brand new meteor shower that has never been seen before.
Sam Storch is a retired planetarium astronomer and also a current member of the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches in Florida. Storch said the tau Herculids meteor shower will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Night sky watchers in North America have the best chance of seeing the tau Herculid shower, with NASA recommending around 1 a.m. on the East Coast or 10 p.m. on the West Coast as the best times to look up. The moon is new, so there will be no moonlight to obscure the meteors.
On average, there could be four meteors per minute - and up to 1,000 per hour.
“If you want to see this potential big event, go outside - 12:30...1 a.m. on Monday night into Tuesday morning - look in the north and you're going to be looking for the big dipper, which will be hanging down like a pot," Storch said. "Almost everybody knows the big dipper and just like this pot, the handle is curved so you follow the handle, and you make an arc to a bright star. The Arc to Arcturus. Watch that spot and any meteors that are visible will be coming toward you.”
Alas, the meteor shower turned out not that impressive. Faint at best, at least at the recommended viewing times. But I captured a lightning bug (I grew up on the term "lightning bug" and not "firefly" LOL):
In the mid-90s F and rising now, it was around 70F when I left to drop something off at someone’s house earlier this morning. The beautiful, 7 am, top-off weather “forced” me to turn what was to be a 9-mile drive into a 43-mile drive!
Wow, we were spoiled rotten last week with great weather in the 70s F. This week, and for the next 10 days, a high barely above 50F and lows mostly in the 20s F! Looks like the Elise's hardtop will be staying on for a while.
What a swinging forecast, with lots of wasted snow (i.e., rain in the winter) and then a high of 42 and a low of 8F on Friday, followed by a cold weekend. Bundle up at those early-morning cars and coffees.