Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The 2011 Geminid Meteor Shower Dec. 13-14

Dec. 13, 2011: The 2011 Geminid meteor shower peaks on the night of Dec. 13-14, and despite the glare of a nearly-full Moon, it might be a good show.
"Observers with clear skies could see as many as 40 Geminids per hour," predicts Bill Cooke of the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office.  "Our all-sky network of meteor cameras has captured several early Geminid fireballs.  They were so bright, we could see them despite the moonlight."
2011 Geminid Meteor Shower
An early Geminid fireball recorded on Dec. 11th by a NASA meteor network camera in Tennessee. [movie]
The best time to look is between 10 pm local time on Tuesday, Dec. 13, and sunrise on Wednesday, Dec. 14th. Geminids, which spray out of the constellation Gemini, can appear anywhere in the sky. "Dress warmly and look up," says Cooke.  "It's that simple."

MORE: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/13dec_geminids/


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