Shooting stars tonight and tomorrow

December 12th, 2012 at 10:23 am by under Weather

Are you ready to make a wish?  When you wish upon a star makes no difference who you are…. Yes by know you should know I try to use lyrics in my blogs to make sure I get songs stuck in your head ;)

You may see a few streaks of light across the night sky tonight and tomorrow night as the Gemind meteor shower peaks.  The shower “peaks” on Thursday night however you can always see a few meteors before and after the main event.

So what are the Geminids?  Well according to NASA’s website the meteor shower happens as debris from an object called 3200 Phaethon.  Phaethon is an extinct comet and every year in December the Earth runs into its debris stream.

Why are they called the Geminids? The meteors or shooting stars tend to radiate from the constellation Gemini.

When and where do I look?  The best place to view a meteor shower is away from city lights.  A dark sky will allow you too see some of the faintest meteors.  The shower is going to peak Thursday night after 10pm – that’s when you’ll be able to see the most meteors but you’ll still be able to see a few tonight and Friday night.  All you have to do is look up – be patient and wait.

This year’s Geminids are going to be great because we’re going to have a new moon. This means that there’s not going to be a lot of moonlight to interfere with the viewing.

Astronomers suggest there could be as many as fifty to one hundred shooting starts an hour.  Our weather will also be cooperating!  A large area of high pressure will keep us clear not only for tonight but for Thursday night as well.

Of course with clear skies it’s going to be very cold!  Make sure if you are going to watch the shower to bundle up!  Enjoy the show!!
Tara
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