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the Geminid Meteor Shower

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:27 pm
by rob42
December 14th and 15th after midnight.

From: http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/astronomy/nightsky/#highlights

"The Geminids

The early mornings of December 14th and 15th will give us the chance, if clear, of observing the peak of the Geminid meteor shower. This is a great year for observing them as these dates correspond to New Moon so there will be no moonlight to hinder our view! An observing location well away from towns or cities will also pay dividends though. The relatively slow moving meteors arise from debris released from the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. This is unusual, as most meteor showers come from comets. The radiant - where the meteors appear to come from - is close to the bright star Castor in the constellation Gemini as shown on the chart. If it is clear it will be cold - so wrap up well, wear a woolly hat and have some hot drinks with you.
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Let's hope for some nice clear nights. :mrgreen:

Re: the Geminid Meteor Shower

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:29 pm
by falkor
yeah should be good plus from your page Image

:green: love that!!