Latest Geminids Stories
Those who enjoy the spectacle of the Perseids, Geminids or other annual meteor showers likely aren’t thinking about where these shooting stars originated or whether they might pose a danger.
A new year brings with it a new opportunity to watch shooting stars, and thankfully NASA has released a list of the easiest to observe and most active meteor showers astronomy enthusiasts can expect to see in 2014.
Last weekend the night skies were lit up by the annual Geminid meteor shower. While not as brilliant and spectacular, another meteor shower is peaking this upcoming weekend, promising to give backyard astronomers a show of around 10 meteors per hour.
As arctic air and record cold sweeps across the USA, amateur astronomers are looking at their calendars with a degree of trepidation. A date is circled: Dec. 14th. And below it says: "Wake up at 4 AM for the Geminid meteor shower."
Now, just in time for the holidays, the annual Geminid meteor shower is on our doorstep, promising to offer a show that may last up to several days. And while it may not be as impressive as ISON was, it is expected to be one of the most intense meteor showers of the year.
Observations have shown that Phaethon's tail becomes so hot when it approaches the sun that rocks on the surface crack and crumble to dust under the extreme heat.
Late last month, NASA's Bill Cooke explained "one meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other." Now, two more sources are coming on board and alerting that this year's Perseid meteor shower will be one of the best displays in recent years.
Meteor showers are some of the most exciting and unpredictable displays of nature and a team of NASA astronomers have just identified one shower as the most active of any annual display.
Sky watchers can expect the first big astronomical event of 2013 to happen just as the New Year begins to unfold.
Meteor showers are fascinating events - streaks of light across the darkness of night. While such displays struck fear into our ancestors, they provide wonderful entertainment today.
Leonids Meteor Shower -- The Leonids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle. The meteor stream is viewable every year around November 17 and is thought to be comprised of particles ejected by the comet as it passes by the Sun. When the Earth moves through the meteor stream, the meteor shower is visible. The Leonids get their name from usually making their appearance in or near the constellation Leo. The Leonids are famous because their meteor showers,...
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