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Meteor Shower and Total Lunar Eclipse to Wow Skywatchers This Month
Space.com Via Yahoo ^ | Dec 8, 2010 | SPACE.com Staff

Posted on 12/08/2010 6:39:56 PM PST by Islander7

Skywatchers, grab your blankets. December's night sky spectacular will feature the best meteor shower of 2010 as well as the only total lunar eclipse of the year -- sights that should outshine any New Year's Eve fireworks display in terms of sheer wonder.

The massive Geminid meteor shower returns every year, so you'll have more chances if the cold proves too daunting on the night of Dec. 13. But anyone in North America who skips the total lunar eclipse on the night of Dec. 20 will be missing what promises to be the best lunar eclipse show until April 2014.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Education; Reference; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; catastrophism; eclipse; geminid; meteor; moon
The Geminids' radiant is, as the name implies, in the direction of the constellation Gemini, just north of the northernmost of Gemini's two brightest stars, Castor and Pollux. In the early evening of Dec. 13, the radiant is low in the northeast. By 1 a.m. EST, after the date has changed to Dec. 14, the radiant is almost directly overhead. By 6.a.m. EST, when the shower is at its peak in the Eastern Time Zone, the radiant is low in the west.
1 posted on 12/08/2010 6:39:59 PM PST by Islander7
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To: Islander7

....saw some activity a few weeks ago with Leonid (2nd night)


2 posted on 12/08/2010 6:49:21 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Islander7
It will undoubtedly be way to cold for me to wait outside for a meteor shower. I will wait until the Perseid meteor shower shows up in August next year.
3 posted on 12/08/2010 6:54:03 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Islander7

Bump


4 posted on 12/08/2010 6:59:18 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Doogle

I saw a couple of very bright ones then too. Too many lights where I am now to catch the dim ones.


5 posted on 12/08/2010 6:59:18 PM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
I can bundle up against the cold, but if there ain't clear skies, then I
don't have to worry about the cold.

I saw some program where some scientists went up in a plane to
study the Perseids, iirc. Get above the weather, and any
neighbors' unwelcomed lights.

6 posted on 12/08/2010 7:15:13 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Islander7

I never miss the Geminids.


7 posted on 12/08/2010 7:29:34 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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8 posted on 12/09/2010 7:55:20 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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Went outside for 1/2 hour and saw zip.
Anybody have better luck?
9 posted on 12/13/2010 10:29:00 PM PST by The Cajun
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Gale force wind and rain storm just his the coast with possible snow by the morning.

Wind/Rain ok Snow not so good.

Fishing vessels all sitting in the bay ready to go out crabbing but not untill they can safely cross the bar.

Haven’t seen a good meteor shower since we moved here 20 plus years ago.


10 posted on 12/13/2010 10:49:44 PM PST by Global2010
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Crystal clear and cold here and from what I saw, you ain’t missing nothing. Will go take another look before I go to bed around 2:00 AM.


11 posted on 12/13/2010 10:56:36 PM PST by The Cajun
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I saw a meteor the wee hours of the 12th, going through Orion. An early Geminid?


12 posted on 12/13/2010 11:03:55 PM PST by thecodont
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To: The Cajun

I though it was supposed to peak around 6:00 AM.


13 posted on 12/13/2010 11:06:47 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: The Cajun

Cool.
Wind gusts now sucking the inside door open.

Pouring rain now.
However at around 2am we always seem to get a lul of quiet weather out front, or so it seems when coming in from an event on the road.

So hope floats.


14 posted on 12/13/2010 11:12:00 PM PST by Global2010
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
I though it was supposed to peak around 6:00 AM.

According to the article:
In the early evening of Dec. 13, the radiant is low in the northeast. By 1 a.m. EST, after the date has changed to Dec. 14, the radiant is almost directly overhead. By 6.a.m. EST, when the shower is at its peak in the Eastern Time Zone, the radiant is low in the west.

Remember way, way back when I was a kid, we witnessed a Geminid shower that was probably over a thousand per minute about a 1/2 hour before dawn.
Haven't seen anything like it in 50 years.

15 posted on 12/13/2010 11:27:07 PM PST by The Cajun
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Just heard from a friend in Long Beach, MS. She said the shower was really spectacular. I’m stuck in a town with too many lights.


16 posted on 12/13/2010 11:37:42 PM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: thecodont

Possibly.


17 posted on 12/13/2010 11:38:10 PM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Islander7

Damn, heading out right now!


18 posted on 12/13/2010 11:41:33 PM PST by The Cajun
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To: Islander7

Saw 3 in 20 minutes, too cold for too little thrill ;^)


19 posted on 12/14/2010 12:15:28 AM PST by The Cajun
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For years, I have hoped and prayed for ‘Stars Fell on Alabama’ sort of experience.


20 posted on 12/14/2010 12:42:26 AM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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It was an awesome thing, it was like the whole sky was really lit up with green/yellow, hard to describe. That's why I keep running out every year hoping to see it again ;^)
21 posted on 12/14/2010 12:47:52 AM PST by The Cajun
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