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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Geminids: "Best Meteor Shower" December 13-14

Here is what astronomers David Levy and Stephen Edberg have written of the annual Geminid Meteor Shower: "If you have not seen a mighty Geminid fireball arcing gracefully across an expanse of sky, then you have not seen a meteor."
The Geminids are special, apparently because they travel more slowly as they contact our atmosphere. This they have been called, "slow, bright, graceful meteors".

Seems as though North America is not in the peak path, but that the shower packs enough punch that 60-120/hour can be observable after 10PM EST on the night of the 13th.

Light pollution plays a big role, but of course, in our rural mountain environment is not a big deal, and the moon will cooperate:
This year, the waxing crescent Moon will set by mid-evening across the globe on December 14 (the actual moonset timing is progressively later the further south you are), giving mostly dark skies for all observers, especially those in the northern hemisphere.
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