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Unfortunately, the weather was cloudy that evening (it even snowed a bit here about the time of the eclipse), so we canceled that event. A museum staff member the day before asked me if we ought to cancel the eclipse, but I told her that I didn’t think that we were powerful enough to do that. I think that she actually meant canceling our planned program—at least I hope so.
Fortunately, Paul DeCesare, a good friend of Answers in Genesis, lives in Arizona where the skies were clear that night, and he took some very nice photos of the eclipse. I used some of those photos in a web article where I discussed further some of the problems with things lately being said about lunar eclipses. You can see those photos and read the article.
Though any meteors from this shower can be visible anywhere in the sky, if you trace their paths backward, they will appear to radiate from a spot in the constellation Camelopardalis. This is an obscure constellation, but it is not far from the North Star.
You’ll need a clear, dark sky free of obstructions so that you can see the entire sky. It’s best to lie on the ground to see them. I can’t emphasize enough that the sky must be dark: if you are near a large city, you will not see many of the meteors. And this is just a prediction: the shower will either be great, or it won’t happen at all. I plan to watch and report on what I see in my next blog post.
For the really adventurous, there still is room on the seven-day Grand Canyon raft trip June 29–July 5. This will be the second “geology by day, astronomy by night” trip in which I’ll bring along the powerful Questar telescope. With no city lights, the stars can be very impressive in the dark skies of Grand Canyon, provided the rocks aren’t in the way.
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