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New Year's Quadrantids Meteor Show To Peak This Week
2012-12-31 09:47:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sky watchers can expect the first big astronomical event of 2013 to happen just as the New Year begins to unfold. The annual Quadrantids meteor shower typically arrives in the beginning of January and is renowned for being more intense than the Perseids shower in August and the Geminids shower in December. Meteor visibility will peak around 2:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 3, with about 80 streaks per hour. A waning gibbous moon, about 50...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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