Comet ISON possible new meteor shower

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Comet ISON possible new meteor shower
Posted by MooseMan01 on Thursday, January 02, 2014 7:15 PM

Was reading that there's the possibility of a new meteor shower from the debris of comet ISON. The comet's path crossed Earth's orbit in November, and may have left enough of a debris trail create a meteor shower. Earth will pass through this region of space on January 10th.

Some info here-


and Youtube video:


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Posted by Poppa Chris on Friday, January 03, 2014 8:31 AM

Interesting... Maybe ISON will leave a legacy for us to enjoy after its rather diasappointing appearance from behind the Sun.

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Posted by Aratus on Saturday, January 04, 2014 6:00 PM

It would be nice, but I have to show a bit of scepticism here.  As far as I can tell Ison didn't actually cross the Earth's orbit, (not 3 dimensionally).   When the comet reached 1 AU distant from the Sun it was above the plane along which the Earth travels.   It did an 'overpass' rather than a 'crossroads'!   

Now there are several points at which I could be in error here, but if I have the correct parameters, and I've understood the comet's path correctly, and I've not underestimated the comet dust's ability to migrate, then I think it is unlikely.    I hope I'm wrong.


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Posted by Centaur on Sunday, January 05, 2014 7:59 PM
Aratus may have a point. According to my calculations, the least distance between the two orbits in 3-D space is 0.0230 AU or 3,440,000 km. That's about 9 times the average distance to the Moon. I expect the Earth to be at that point on 2014 JAN 15 at 9 hr UT.

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Posted by leo731 on Monday, January 06, 2014 1:15 PM

It would be nice to salvage something from ISON, but if I were a betting man I wouldn't put a penny on a possible meteor shower.


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Posted by Kevin Bozard on Monday, January 06, 2014 1:42 PM

The only "new" meteor shower I've read about is the one from comet 209P/LINEAR, which passed by the Sun in 2009, that may produce a meteor shower on May 24, 2014.

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Posted by MooseMan01 on Tuesday, January 07, 2014 9:59 PM

I agree, best to be somewhat pessimistic about these things. That way, there's no disappointments.  :)

I'm more inclined to think it will be as it states in the the article:

"The fine comet dust may not become visible as actual meteors streaking through the sky, but, as the video narrator says, it could possibly produce brilliant noctilucent clouds in the sky".

Or, nothing at all! Given the track record of comet-hype in the media. Hype is not necessarily a bad thing though.

My skies will likely be totally overcast, with an "arctic vortex" hovering over Hudsons Bay for weeks now, this is unlikely to change anytime soon.

Kevin Bozard, yes I did read about a possible shower from 209P/LINEAR on May 24 as well. Mark your calendars!

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Posted by MooseMan01 on Sunday, January 12, 2014 3:58 PM

Here's some more information from the American Meteor Society, and a sky map-



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