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SPACE WEATHER News for May 2, 2006

This weekend: The eta Aquarid Meteor Shower
METEOR SHOWER: Earth is about to pass through a stream of dust from Halley's Comet, and this will produce the annual eta Aquarid meteor shower. The shower peaks on Saturday, May 6th, with 10 meteors per hour in the northern hemisphere and as many as 60 meteors per hour in the southern hemisphere. The best time to look is during the hours immediately before sunrise on Saturday morning.

PHOTO OP: On May 7th, the biggest fragment of dying comet 73P/Schwassmann Wachmann 3 will glide by the Ring Nebula in Lyra. The view through backyard telescopes should be wonderful. This is an opportunity for astrophotographers to take some rare photos of a comet and a planetary nebula side by side.


NOVA Presents "Hitler's Sunken Secret" (R)
Broadcast: May 9, 2006

     Nazis and the Bomb
     Learn how Germany's nuclear program began and how close the
     Nazis were to developing an atomic bomb. (Grades 9-12)

     Norwegian Resistance Coup
     Read an account of the successful February 28, 1943, late-night
     bombing made on the Vemork heavy-water plant. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     See Spy Messages
     See the actual telegrams sent between Norway and London
     concerning a mission to destroy stocks of the Vemork plant heavy
     water. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.)
     (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Dangerous Water
     Learn more about heavy water -- its discovery, uses, and why it
     remains a threat today. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Teacher's Guide
     In this classroom activity, students use a viewing guide while
     watching NOVA's "Hitler's Sunken Secret" and discuss answers to
     questions after watching. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)


(Tiger Moths)

Our work with the John Bachman Symposium at Newberry
College has thrown us behind on postings of "This Week at
Hilton Pond," but the installment for 15-21 April 2006 is
now complete. The photo essay is about moths in general
and tiger moths in particular.

To view the latest installment, please visit

If you missed last week's installment on Blue Corporal
dragonflies--not Eastern Pondhawks--it's at

As always we include a list of all birds banded or recaptured.
Happy (Spring) Nature Watching!

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