Shower Of Comet Dust Expected Early Thursday Morning
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New Hampshire stargazers could be in for a great show early Thursday morning.
According to several cosmic enthusiasts, in the Eastern sky between 2 a.m. and dawn, there is the best chance to see large particles from the tail of Halley's Comet burning up while entering our atmosphere.
Unlike the typical 'shooting star' variety of meteorite that mostly blink quickly high above our heads, these 'comet dust snowballs' will more than likely skim across the earth's atmosphere, kind of like when you're skimming a flat rock across a calm lake.
They'll burn up much more slowly so you'll be able to see them more a much longer duration of time.
The only problem, and it's a big one, is that the peak time for this shower, will be competing with our daybreak. It's obviously difficult to see a shooting star when it's light out, and my 5AM commutes lately are getting brighter and brighter by the day.
It's always best to remain hopeful and observant whenever times like these come along.
The greatest celestial show I've ever seen was the Perseid meteor shower of 2002 and I remember feeling foolish and grumpy when getting out of bed at 2AM in the hopes of seeing one or two shooting stars.
About 200 brilliant meteors later, my mood changed entirely.
Another reason I'm excited for tomorrow is the Halley's Comet connection.
13 year old A-Train had waited in great anticipation for that comet's arrival in 1986 and, WOW, what a dud. Nobody from the northern hemisphere saw anything.
Hopefully tomorrow I'll see a giant burning snowball skimming across the sky.
That comet owes me!