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Bright Meteor

Saturday, November 10th, 2012 2:15pm EST

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The Live Sky Cam captured this very bright meteor streaking across the western sky very early this morning. Be sure to click on the image for a closer look.

A meteor, or colloquially shooting star or falling star, is the visible path of a meteoroid that enters the Earth’s atmosphere.  Meteoroids are typically pebble size pieces of debris that enter the atmosphere going approximately 18 miles per second.  They typically burn up in the mesosphere at an altitude of approximately 50 miles.

 

New Weather Computer

Friday, November 9th, 2012 7:00am EST

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Today we successfully transitioned the computer-controlled “backend” of the MintHillWeather.com weather station to a dedicated system. This new, custom-built computer runs 24/7 with the sole purpose of downloading weather telemetry and imaging from our field equipment and uploading the latest, up-to-the-minute information to our website at MintHillWeather.com.  This new hardware, operating with emergency backup power, will insure our visitors receive the most reliable service and our weather station operates optimally regardless of inclement weather.