Watson Announces Expected Arrival of Meteor Stream

Giacobini-Zinner Meteor Outburst Due October 9

Fletcher Watson, Instructor in Astronomy at the Observatory, announced yesterday that he is hopefully expecting a brilliant outburst of meteors to arrive over Cambridge around October 9.

Remnants of the disintegrated comet, Giacobini-Zinner, the meteor stream will be visible for only a few hours according to Watson. He hopes the display will be observable over all New England, but he admits the possibility that "Only the Chinese may see it."

The Giacobini-Zinner comet travels in an orbit extending as far as Jupiter, requires six and one-half years to get around it.