Author Archives: Joe Rao

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The Greatest Comets of the Past Century

In the November 2013 issue of S&T, Joe Rao redirects Comet ISON speculation to answer a different question: just how often do showstopper comets grace our skies? His answer might surprise you. Rao looks back over all the comets of the past century, calling out examples of showstoppers, showpieces, and garden-variety comets. Readers predicted...

No Aurigid outburst has yet been photographed (hint, hint). But during the 1998 Leonid fireball shower, Lorenzo Lovato caught four bright meteors in this single 9-minute, wide-field exposure. One prediction suggests that any shower on the morning of September 1st would be especially fireball-rich.

Earth To Hit Aurigid Meteors

Western skywatchers are hoping to see a display of bright meteors on the morning of September 1st, as the Aurigid meteor shower is predicted to make a strong but brief showing.