COMETS AND SHOOTING STARS

We keep saying how great it is to be here in the forest where there are no city lights…the stars are amazing. Next year, Brigette might start putting charts together for guests who want to head outdoors to see the constellations.

Tonight, we checked out the exploding Comet Holmes with our binoculars. Very cool. It’s a fuzzy spot in the constellation Perseus. Recent measurements of the comet’s diameter say that it’s now bigger than our sun. On Monday, the comet’s coma cloud of gas and dust will be close to Mirfak, the brightest star in Perseus, and you’ll be able to see Mirfak through the big ball of fuzz.

Another space-related item to report…the wee hours of Sunday morning is targeted to be the best time to view the Leonid meteor shower. The leonids are named for the constellation Leo because the meteor streaks appear to radiate out from Leo. You might see up to 15 shooting stars an hour. Brigette may or may not stay up past midnight…

Read about the greatest leonid meteor showers ever recorded

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