Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-10-11

Meteor showers and their possible risk to spacecraft will be the topic of the Tuesday, Oct. 18, meeting of the Birmingham Astronomical Society. The public is invited to the 7 p.m. program in the Christenberry Planetarium in Samford University's Sciencenter.

Dr. Bill Cooke, a meteor shower specialist with the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, will discuss how the recent Leonid meteor storms have heightened the interest in meteor shower forecasting. He will also assess the current state of the specialty.

At NASA, Dr. Cooke generates custom meteor activity forecasts for many spacecraft, including the Hubble Space Telescope, SOHO and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

For information on Tuesday's meeting, contact Samford planetarium director George Atchley at (205) 726-4139.


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