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Monday evening and Tuesday morning will provide the peak time to enjoy the 2010 Geminid meteor shower.
On the evening of Dec 13 and the morning of Dec 14, skywatchers across the northern hemisphere will be looking up as the Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak, in one of the best night sky events of the year.
Most meteor showers come from comets, which spew ample meteoroids for a night of 'shooting stars,' but the Geminids are different.
There are several major meteor showers to enjoy every year at various times, with some more active than others.
This month, Comet Hartley 2 has put on a good show for backyard astronomers.
The most famous of all comets, Comet Halley is noted for producing spectacular displays when it passes near Earth on its 76-year trip around the sun -- however, you don't have to wait until 2061 to see a piece of the comet -- you can do it this very week!
The October Camelopardalids are a collection of faint stars that have no mythology associated with them -- in fact, they didn't begin to appear on star charts until the 17th century.
Perseid Meteor Shower: Afternoon Chat, Then Up All Night!
The annual Perseid meteor shower this week is predicted to be a grand event with peak viewing times Thursday night August 12 into the early pre-dawn hours Friday August 13.
You know it's a good night when a beautiful alignment of planets is the second best thing that's going to happen.
Perseids Meteor Shower -- Like most meteor showers, the Perseids are caused by comet debris. As comets enter the inner solar system, they are warmed by the sun and peppered by the solar wind, which produces the familar tails that stretch across the night sky when a bright comet is close to Earth. Comet tails are made of tiny pieces of ice, dust, and rock which are spewed into interplanetary space as they bubble off the comet's nucleus. When Earth encounters these particles on its...
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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