Planning meteor showers around your busy schedule!

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Do you “wish upon a star” that you had a better way to sync up meteor showers with your busy schedule? … Here’s a great SAS calendar chart that can help!

There’s been a lot of talk about the possible new meteor shower coming up this weekend. The Earth will pass through debris from comet 209P/LINEAR this Friday night and Saturday morning (May 23/24, 2014), and this has the potential to be a spectacular meteor shower (or maybe even a “meteor storm”). Here’s a SAS map I created (modeled after one on dark sky telescope hire), showing where to look in the sky:

meteor_map

I’m doing some volunteer work all day Saturday, and need to be sharp & alert, so I probably won’t be staying up all night to watch this particular meteor shower. But it did get me to wondering which meteor showers might best fit into my busy schedule. And of course I turned to SAS software to answer that question …

I found a list of dates when the meteor showers are predicted to occur (on seasky.org), imported them into a SAS dataset, and plotted them on a custom calendar chart. This way I can easily scan the calendar for meteor showers that occur on Friday or Saturday night (which are the nights that best fit into my schedule). Click the image below to see the interactive ODS HTML output, with hover-text:

meteor_showers calendar

What’s the best and most memorable meteor shower you remember watching?

 

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Robert Allison

The Graph Guy!

Robert has worked at SAS for over 25 years, and is perhaps the foremost expert in creating custom graphs using SAS/GRAPH. His educational background is in Computer Science, and he holds a BS, MS, and PhD from NC State University. He is the author of several conference papers, has won a few graphic competitions, and has written a book (SAS/GRAPH: Beyond the Basics).

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