Here are some viewing tips on watching the most reliable meteor shower of the year, the Geminids.
Friday, December 7, 2012
The Geminid meteor shower 2012, the final major meteor shower of every year and likely to be the best, peaks overnight Thursday, Dec. 13, and Friday, 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 …
The Leonid Meteor Shower is fast and bright and will appear to radiate from the constellation Leo the Lion in the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 17. The Geminid Meteor Shower won't come until Dec. 13.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
From Cartersville Patch As you begin hanging holiday lights, cast your gaze upon the universe's natural fireworks, as well. Astronomers anticipate several meteor showers to take place over the next month. Here are the biggest ones: Nov. 17: Leonid Meteor Shower Dec. 13: Geminid Meteor Shower Be sure to schedule a night this season to bundle up with some blankets, hot chocolate and enjoy the light show in the sky. Don't have access to a telescope? If you can't take advantage of Tellus Science Museum's observatory in Cartersville, which opens for tours during special events, maybe NASA's fireball camera at the musuem will capture and record meteors. Daily images from NASA fireball cameras can be viewed at fireballs.ndc.nasa.gov. Tellus also…