The most reliable meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, is on its way. Here are some tips for viewing the celestial show.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Geminid meteor shower 2012, the final major meteor shower of every year and likely to be the best, peaks overnight Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, and you may be able to see a great show on either side of those dates. If you liked the Perseids meteor shower 2012 in August, you should love this sky show. NASA reports that the Geminids are a relatively young meteor shower, with the first sightings occurring in the 1830s with rates of about 20 per hour. Over the decades the rates have increased, regularly spawning between 80 and 120 per hour at its peak on a clear evening. How spectacular is it? Just take a look at this video of the Geminid meteor shower. You can also look at some spectacular photos of the Geminids. Tips for best viewing Earthsky.…
Look to the skies for some stunning light displays this November and December.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
As you hang holiday lights and light the candles, cast your eyes upon the universe's natural fireworks as well. Astronomers anticipate three meteor showers this November and December. Nov. 12: Taurid Meteor Shower The Taurid meteors are expected to peak Nov. 12 in the early morning hours just after midnight. EarthSky.com reports that this slow-moving, modest shower may yield just 10 meteors per hour. "But even one bright meteor can be a treat, especially since a good percentage of the Taurid meteors tend to produce fireballs!" according to the website. The shower is visible anywhere in the world and will appear to radiate from the Pleiades star cluster. Nov. 17: Leonid Meteor Shower After years of heavier-than-average showers, the famous…