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Geminid meteor shower set to peak Thursday evening
BBC ^ | 12-13-12 | Staff

Posted on 12/13/2012 5:33:17 PM PST by P.O.E.

The annual Geminids meteor shower will reach its peak late on Thursday night and into early Friday morning.

The meteors will appear to radiate from a point near the star Castor, in the constellation Gemini.

In the Northern hemisphere, that will be westward and nearly overhead in the early hours of Friday.

Sky watchers can expect an average of dozens of "shooting stars" per hour, made easier to see by darkness provided by the "new moon" phase.

The shower comes about each year as the Earth passes through the path of an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: geminids
Nice clear night here in NE PA. Happy hunting!
1 posted on 12/13/2012 5:33:23 PM PST by P.O.E.
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To: P.O.E.
There is a bonus shower this year - Piscids

You can listen too.

The Geminids are the high pitched, fast ones. The Piscids are low and slow.

2 posted on 12/13/2012 5:44:54 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: P.O.E.

So other than looking up which direction should I be looking for them to originate from here in east Texas?


3 posted on 12/13/2012 5:48:28 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: P.O.E.

4 posted on 12/13/2012 5:49:39 PM PST by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Look West, young man.


5 posted on 12/13/2012 6:04:25 PM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: NonValueAdded

Thanks! I was expecting that answer except for the “young” part. LOL


6 posted on 12/13/2012 6:13:01 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: Red_Devil 232
Where to look
7 posted on 12/13/2012 6:21:13 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: P.O.E.

Here near Atlanta. Total darkness. I think I saw one out of the corner of my eye.

Heard the coyotes though. Think they got a neighbor’s little dog. :*(


8 posted on 12/13/2012 6:44:57 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Red_Devil 232

If you look towards Orion (the Irish constellation), you’ll see bright, unwinking Jupiter.

They seem to be coming every which way, so you’ll have to lean back and get as good a glance at the whole sky as you can.

My count is 8 in the last 20 minutes or so.


9 posted on 12/13/2012 6:59:48 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou

Thanks - I did see a low one - you could see it fizzle.


10 posted on 12/13/2012 7:00:37 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.

What are they going to be peaking at?


11 posted on 12/13/2012 7:16:32 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: P.O.E.; SunkenCiv

Went out for a few minutes tonight and it was VERY impressive. One of the better ‘showers’ I’ve seen! There was at LEAST 3 or 4 per minute. Some of them were really good sized too! After a short while, the cold weather drove us back inside.(dammit!)


12 posted on 12/13/2012 7:21:14 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Cowgirl of Justice; All
If you are in a city, you'll see more here - NASA live stream.
13 posted on 12/13/2012 7:32:32 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: KoRn

Driving westbound out of Columbus, OH towards Dayton tonight, saw about a half dozen in an hours time.


14 posted on 12/13/2012 7:33:17 PM PST by sjm_888
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To: P.O.E.

Was out looking for awhile and saw a few. Does anyone know what that is almost straight over head that looks like a smudge in the sky? Is there a comet I wasn’t aware of?


15 posted on 12/13/2012 7:37:31 PM PST by Figment
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To: P.O.E.
Bttt
16 posted on 12/13/2012 7:40:09 PM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Let the Dems destroy the economy!)
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To: Figment

The Pleaides?


17 posted on 12/13/2012 8:04:26 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Figment
The Andromeda Galaxy would be my guess.

December 2012 sky chart

18 posted on 12/13/2012 8:15:01 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: Red_Devil 232
http://www.spacedex.com/geminids/

Scroll down and find your state. Good info. Have fun! We're going out about 2 AM! Can't wait!


19 posted on 12/13/2012 8:29:27 PM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Up here in MA, I was just out for about 10 minutes looking straight up towards Jupiter and a little to the west, and saw four.

Also could see the moons of Jupiter through my binoculars...:)


20 posted on 12/13/2012 8:52:10 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: P.O.E.

Nice and clear in Middle TN, too . . . . for a change. It seems every time we have a good meteor shower, it clouds up.

Just came in from a half hour of watching and saw several good ones. Had to come in to thaw out for a while, then will go back out. I’ve gotten to be a bit of a wuss about cold weather in my old(er) age. LOL! But this show is worth the chill. Best I’ve seen in quite a while.


21 posted on 12/13/2012 9:58:43 PM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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Thanks KoRn!


22 posted on 12/15/2012 3:47:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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