(90° from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT. Mag. -2.1.
at 15:17 UT.
(farthest from Earth) at 2h UT (distance 404,336 km; angular size
(morning sky) at 8h UT.
meteor shower peaks
at 16h and 22h UT. Arises from debris ejected by Comet Tempel-Tuttle in
1533. Produces very fast meteors (71 km/sec). Expect 10 to 15 meteors
per hour under dark skies. Best viewed after midnight.
Leonids (Gary Kronk)
Shower Calendar (IMO)
with the Sun at 9h UT. The ringed planet passes into the morning sky.
(33° from Sun, morning sky) at 19h UT.
at 12:31 UT. Start of lunation 1137.
(evening sky) at 8h UT. Mag. +1.0.
(closest to Earth) at 23h UT (369,827 km; angular size 32.3').
at 10:06 UT.
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)