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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Geminid Meteors over Xinglong Observatory

    12/23/2015 12:33:59 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | December 23, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Where do Geminid meteors come from? In terms of location on the sky, as the featured image composite beautifully demonstrates, the sand-sized bits of rock that create the streaks of the Geminid Meteor Shower appear to flow out from the constellation of Gemini. In terms of parent body, Solar System trajectories point to the asteroid 3200 Phaethon -- but this results in a bit of a mystery since that unusual object appears mostly dormant. Perhaps, 3200 Phaethon undergoes greater dust-liberating events than we know, but even if so, exactly what happens and why remains a riddle. Peaking last week,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Geminids of the South

    12/17/2015 12:18:25 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | December 17, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Earth's annual Geminid meteor shower did not disappoint, peaking before dawn on December 14 as our fair planet plowed through dust from active asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Captured in this southern hemisphere nightscape the meteors stream away from the shower's radiant in Gemini. To create the image, many individual frames recording meteor streaks were taken over period of 5 hours. In the final composite they were selected and registered against the starry sky above the twin 6.5 meter Magellan telescopes of Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Rigel in Orion, and Sirius shine brightly as the Milky Way stretches toward...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- When Gemini Sends Stars to Paranal

    12/12/2015 9:52:57 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | December 13, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: From a radiant point in the constellation of the Twins, the annual Geminid meteor shower rain down on planet Earth. Tonight, the Geminds reach their peak and could be quite spectacular. The featured blended image, however, captured the shower's impressive peak in the year 2012. The beautiful skyscape collected Gemini's lovely shooting stars in a careful composite of 30 exposures, each 20 seconds long, from the dark of the Chilean Atacama Desert over ESO's Paranal Observatory. In the foreground Paranal's four Very Large Telescopes, four Auxillary Telescopes, and the VLT Survey telescope are all open and observing. The skies...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Winter Shower

    12/27/2014 5:56:42 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | December 27, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Known in the north as a winter meteor shower, the 2014 Geminids rain down on this rugged, frozen landscape. The scene was recorded from the summit of Mt. Changbai along China's northeastern border with North Korea as a composite of digital frames capturing bright meteors near the shower's peak. Orion is near picture center above the volcanic cater lake. The shower's radiant in the constellation Gemini is to the upper left, at the apparent orgin of all the meteor streaks. Paying the price for such a dreamlike view of the celestial spectacle, photographer Jia Hao reports severe wind gusts...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Geminid Fireball over Mount Balang

    12/18/2014 9:08:45 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | December 17, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: This was a sky to remember. While viewing the Geminids meteor shower a few days ago, a bright fireball was captured over Mt. Balang, China with particularly picturesque surroundings. In the foreground, a sea of light clouds slowly floated between dark mountain peaks. In the background, the constellation of Orion shone brightly, with the familiar three stars of Orion's belt visible near the image top right. Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, is visible near the image center. The bright fireball flashed for only a fraction of second on the lower right. The source of the fireball...
  • Geminid Meteor Shower TONIGHT!

    12/13/2014 9:27:57 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 22 replies
    Slooh ^ | 13DEC2014 | FR Staff Writer
    You can follow live coverage of the shower at the link. They are using a meteor shower radio, from their listening post in New Mexico, to listen when the meteors strike the atmosphere and leave an ionized gas trail that reflects radio waves. The radiant is located in the constellation of Gemini which is in the NW direction about 40 degrees above the horizon. Dress warmly!
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Geminid Meteors over Chile

    12/23/2013 4:00:30 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | December 23, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: From a radiant point in the constellation of the Twins, the annual Geminid meteor shower rained down on planet Earth over the past few weeks. Recorded near the shower's peak over the night of December 13 and 14, the above skyscape captures Gemini's shooting stars in a four-hour composite from the dark skies of the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. In the foreground the 2.5-meter du Pont Telescope is visible as well as the 1-meter SWOPE telescope. The skies beyond the meteors are highlighted by Jupiter, seen as the bright spot near the image center, the central band of...
  • December's Generous Geminids

    12/12/2001 1:47:31 AM PST · by 2Trievers · 3 replies · 3+ views
    Sky & Telescope ^ | Dec 12 2001 | Joshua Roth
    Above: A midwinter night's meteor. Lance Oldham caught this dazzling Geminid skirting the Big Dipper's Bowl in 1988 while watching the shower from Red Rock Canyon in California. This year's shower peaks on the largely moonless night of December 13–14. Copyright 1989 Lance Oldham. Meteors, meteors, meteors! Having looked forward to both a rare Giacobinid storm on October 8th and the Leonids in November, it might seem hard to get excited about December's same-as-ever Geminid shower, which is due to peak on the night of December 13–14. Besides, for the Northern Hemisphere observers favored by the Geminids, mid-December is a ...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day

    01/03/2008 12:35:59 PM PST · by sig226 · 7 replies · 40+ views
    NASA ^ | 1/3/08 | Erno Berko
    Geminids in 2007 Credit & Copyright: Erno Berko Explanation: Dust from curious near-Earth asteroid 3200 Phaethon seems to fall from the constellation Gemini in this fisheye skyview. The composite image was recorded over four December nights (12-15) just last year from Ludanyhalaszi, Hungary. Of course, the streaks are meteor trails from the annual Geminids meteor shower. The work of astronomer Erno Berko, the finished picture combines 113 different frames and captures 123 separate meteors. The Geminids is one of the northern skies most reliably performing meteor showers and did not disappoint last year. Under good conditions some skywatchers reported well...
  • BIG NEW SUNSPOT: (7 times wider than earth)

    12/16/2009 11:22:05 AM PST · by TaraP · 43 replies · 1,938+ views
    Spaceweather ^ | December 16th, 2009
    INCOMING CME: This morning at 0120 UT, an eruption of magnetic fields around sunspot 1035 produced a long-duration C4-class solar flare and hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) in the general direction of Earth. High-latitude sky watchers should prepare for auroras when the CME arrives on or about Dec. 18th Sunspot 1035 is growing rapidly and it is now seven times wider than Earth. This makes it an easy target for backyard solar telescopes. Yesterday, Rogerio Marcon of Campinas, Brazil, photographed a maelstrom of hot plasma and magnetic filaments connecting the sunspot's dark cores: Solar activity is picking up," he...
  • Asteroid Vs. Comet: What The Heck Is 3200 Phaethon?

    09/10/2013 9:09:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | September 10, 2013 | Elizabeth Howell on
    3200 Phaethon, an asteroid that is actually behaving like a comet. Scientists found dust that is streaming from this space rock as it gets close to the sun — similarly to how ices melt and form a tail as comets zoom by our closest stellar neighbor. Phaethon’s orbit puts it in the same originating region as other asteroids (between Mars and Jupiter), but its dust stream is much closer to actions performed by a comet — an object that typically comes from an icy region way beyond Neptune. So far, therefore, the research team is calling Phaethon a “rock comet.”...
  • Smack! A New Crater Appears on the Moon/ Yutu Rover Update

    12/18/2013 7:08:30 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies ^ | December 18, 2013 | Bob King on
    Based on the flash brightness and duration of the St. Pat’s Day smack, the space boulder measured between one to 1.5 feet long (0.3-0.4 meters) and struck the moon traveling at 56,000 mph with a force of 5 tons of TNT. Scientists predicted then that the impact could produce a crater up to 65 feet (20 meters) in diameter.Before and after views of the March 17, 2013 impact taken by the LRO camera. Fine streams of debris reach to the edges of the frame. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Geminid Meteors over Teide Volcano Image

    12/17/2013 6:03:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | December 17, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: On some nights it rains meteors. Peaking two nights ago, asteroid dust streaked through the dark skies of Earth, showering down during the annual Geminids meteor shower. Astrophotographer Juan Carlos Casado captured the space weather event, as pictured above, in a series of exposures spanning about 2.3 hours using a wide angle lens. The snowcapped Teide volcano of the Canary Islands of Spain towers in the foreground, while the picturesque constellation of Orion highlights the background. The star appearing just near the top of the volcano is Rigel. Although the asteroid dust particles are traveling parallel to each other,...
  • Geminids Meteor Shower 2013: Friday night may be best chance to get a look at the annual spectacle

    12/13/2013 8:17:43 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 12 replies
    National Post [Canada] / AP ^ | December 13, 2013 | Marcia Dunn
    ....The Geminids come from a small asteroid named 3200 Phaethon, which passes quite close to the sun. Its trail of dust and debris is what makes up the Geminids. Earth passes through this stream of debris every December. “Most meteor showers come from comets, which spew ample meteoroids for a night of ‘shooting stars.’ The Geminid meteor shower is different,” NASA writes in their Geminids site. “The parent is not a comet, but a weird rocky object named 3200 Phaethon that sheds very little dusty debris — not nearly enough to explain the Geminids.”.... “The Geminids are my favourite because...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Geminid Meteor Shower over Dashanbao Wetlands

    12/13/2013 3:52:47 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | December 13, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The annual Geminid meteor shower is raining down on planet Earth this week. And despite the waxing gibbous moonlight, the reliable Geminids should be enjoyable tonight (night of December 13/14) near the shower's peak. Recorded near last year's peak in the early hours of December 14, 2012, this skyscape captures many of Gemini's lovely shooting stars. The careful composite of exposures was made during a three hour period overlooking the Dashanbao Wetlands in central China. Dark skies above are shared with bright Jupiter (right), Orion, (right of center) and the faint band of the Milky Way. The shower's radiant...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- When Gemini Sends Stars to Paranal

    12/14/2012 9:40:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    NASA ^ | December 15, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: From a radiant point in the constellation of the Twins, the annual Geminid meteor shower rained down on planet Earth this week. Recorded near the shower's peak in the early hours of December 14, this skyscape captures Gemini's lovely shooting stars in a careful composite of 30 exposures, each 20 seconds long, from the dark of the Chilean Atacama Desert over ESO's Paranal Observatory. In the foreground Paranal's four Very Large Telescopes, four Auxillary Telescopes, and the VLT Survey telescope are all open and observing. The skies above are shared with bright Jupiter (left), Orion, (top left), and the...
  • Geminid meteor shower set to peak Thursday evening

    12/13/2012 5:33:17 PM PST · by P.O.E. · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 12-13-12 | Staff
    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.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Geminid Meteor Over Iran

    12/19/2011 8:55:40 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | December 19, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Some beautiful things begin as grains of sand. Locked in an oyster, a granule grows into an iridescent pearl, lustrous and lovely to behold. While hurtling through the atmosphere at 35 kilometers per second, a generous cosmic sand grain becomes an awe-inspiring meteor, its transient beauty displayed for any who care to watch. This years Geminid meteor shower peaked last week with sky enthusiasts counting as many as 150 meteors per hour, despite the din of bright moon. Pictured above the Taftan volcano in southeast Iran, a meteor streaks between the bright star Sirius on the far left and...
  • COLORADO SUPERBOLIDE (huge meteor lights up sky! -caught on video)

    12/07/2008 8:02:17 AM PST · by ETL · 45 replies · 2,732+ views
    COLORADO SUPERBOLIDE: Last night, Dec. 6th at 1:06 a.m. MST, a meteor of stunning brightness lit up the skies of Colorado. Astronomer Chris Peterson photographed the event using a dedicated all-sky meteor camera in the town of Guffey, near Colorado Springs: Video: "In seven years of operation, this is the brightest fireball I've ever recorded," says Peterson. "I estimate the terminal explosion at magnitude -18, more than 100 times brighter than a full Moon." Fireballs this bright belong to a rare category of meteors called superbolides. They are caused by small asteroids measuring a few to 10 meters in...
  • Did anyone see a meteor(ite) come through the atmosphere about 5 minutes ago?

    12/09/2009 6:29:08 PM PST · by publius321 · 45 replies · 1,976+ views
    I was watching a movie several minutes ago (in West Palm Beach, FL) and saw out my window (facing east)a large shining object quickly plunge from the sky. It freaked me out a bit. Did anyone out there see it? I saw one similar back around 1990-1992 and years later saw it on Discovery as it was captured on video.
  • Asteroid Shower (Geminid Meteor Shower December 14th)

    12/03/2007 10:15:46 AM PST · by MarineBrat · 28 replies · 722+ views
    NASA ^ | 12.03.2007 | Dr. Tony Phillips
        + NASA Home + Search NASA Web + Pagina en Español + Contact NASA     Asteroid Shower 12.03.2007     + Play Audio | + Download Audio | + Email to a friend | + Join mailing list Dec. 03, 2007: Mark your calendar: The best meteor shower of 2007 peaks on Friday, December 14th. "It's the Geminid meteor shower," says NASA astronomer Bill Cooke of the Marshall Space Flight Center. "Start watching on Thursday evening, Dec. 13th, around 10 pm local time," he advises. "At first you might not see very many meteors—but be patient....
  • "Year's Best" Meteor Shower to Peak December 13-14

    12/12/2007 4:56:00 PM PST · by RDTF · 16 replies · 445+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | Dec 10, 2007 | Anne Minard
    The Geminid meteor shower—considered by many to be the most active annual sky show—is going to be especially spectacular this year, astronomers predict. The show gets its name from the constellation Gemini, because the meteors appear to stream from near the constellation's bright star Castor. Unlike last year, the Geminids will be falling against a dark, moonless night. The last time the sky was this dark during the shower was in 1996, when observers saw up to 110 meteors an hour. Experts say the rate will be at least that high this year, with peak viewing on December 13 and...
  • Exploding Clays Drive Geminids Sky Show?

    10/19/2010 2:41:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    National Geographic ^ | Tuesday, October 12, 2010 | Breaking Orbit 'blogger
    The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks each year in December... are *not* caused by debris left behind from an active comet... Until recently, the favored view of Phaethon was that it's a dead comet -- the rocky core of a "dirty snowball" that lost its ices after too many close encounters with the sun. ... In June 2009 astronomers using the STEREO sun-watching probe suddenly saw the rocky body flare to life as it neared the sun, brightening by a factor of two... So, not so dead after all. But that brings us back to figuring out what exactly Phaethon...
  • Geminid meteor shower tonight!

    12/12/2009 10:13:01 PM PST · by djf · 23 replies · 1,069+ views
    For those in a clear and dark part of the world, the Geminids will continue this evening. Rates of 100 meteors per hour, with possible peaks of 140-150 per hour. Geminids are characterized by being slow moving and white, with the possibility of some fairly large fireballs! Happy gazing!
  • Strong Meteor Shower Peaks Monday Night [Geminids, new moon today, peak 2220 GMT, 5:20 p.m. EST]

    12/11/2004 10:22:48 AM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 77 replies · 1,471+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 10, 2004 | Joe Rao
    If you were disappointed with the meager showing put on by this year's Leonid meteor shower, don't fret. What could be the best meteor display of the year is scheduled to reach its peak on Monday night, Dec. 13. Skywatchers with dark skies away from city lights could see one or two meteors every minute during the Geminid meteor shower. The greatest activity is expected to be visible from North America, Europe and Africa. The Geminids get their name from the constellation of Gemini, the Twins. On the night of this shower's maximum, the meteors will appear to emanate from...