Meteorites, Asteroids, & Comets: August 2007

August 13, 2009

A rehearsal flight of one of two aircraft will take off from Moffett Field to observe the Perseid meteor shower early on Monday, August 13. Scientists plan to carry their equipment onto the airplanes during the rehearsal and mission flights, without mounting the instruments within the aircraft.

In 83 B.C., a comet, now called Keiss, passed by the sun and ejected some bits of comet material. Astronomers expect the Aurigid meteor shower on Sept. 1, 2007, a result from Keiss comets earlier encounter with the sun in 83 B.C., to be spectacular.