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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...

Best Meteor Shower Of The Year Quickly Approaching
2012-12-12 03:30:18

[ Watch the Video: What is a Meteor? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Geminids meteor shower is expected to be an amazing display of natural fireworks and is expected to start on December 13 and 14, ending the year with a bang. The Taipei Astronomical Museum says that the meteor shower will outshine all other meteor showers that have taken place this year. No moonlight will interfere with the meteor shower either, helping to make the Geminids display 120...

Leonid Meteor Shower Peaking This Weekend
2012-11-16 13:00:08

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For amateur sky watchers, this weekend promises quite the show. The annual Leonid meteor shower — which gets its name because the meteors appear to originate in the constellation Leo — is upon us, and this year should be pretty good. The meteor shower will be visible during the latter half of the week, peaking early Saturday morning. Those in the Eastern part of the country should see the greatest rate...

Everything You Need To Know About This Weekend’s Orionid Meteor Shower
2012-10-18 16:39:30

[WATCH VIDEO: A Meteor Shower From Halley's Comet] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Throughout the year Earth´s denizens are offered a number of good opportunities to witness meteor showers illuminating the night skies, with streaks of white lights racing across the upper atmosphere at lightning speed. Some of these seemingly heavenly showers, such as the late-April Lyrids, the Perseids of mid-August, and the often-spectacular Leonids, which arrive in...

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2012-08-11 09:00:32

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: 2012 Perseid Meteor Shower ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Every year in August, the Perseid Meteor shower is visible to the naked eye and is a favorite for professional and amateur astronomers alike. The Perseid shower has it all. It offers a consistently high rate of meteors, it produces more bright, visible meteors than any other shower, it happens in August when many people are on vacation, and it happens at a time when...

Quadrantids To Provide Brief, Beautiful Show On Jan. 4
2012-01-03 02:00:49

The 2012 Quadrantids, a little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation, will present an excellent chance for hardy souls to start the year off with some late-night meteor watching. Peaking in the wee morning hours of Jan. 4, the Quadrantids have a maximum rate of about 100 per hour, varying between 60-200. The waxing gibbous moon will set around 3 a.m. local time, leaving about two hours of excellent meteor observing before dawn. It's a good thing, too, because unlike the...

2011-12-14 22:15:00

RoadFish meteor watching expert gives his 7 tips for getting the most out of the Geminid meteor shower tonight. San Diego CA (PRWEB) December 14, 2011 Mens website RoadFish.com released today it's top 7 tips for watching the Geminid meteor shower tonight. While RoadFish is normally a finance oriented website it also gives tips on living life well for the successful man. The article gives 7 very practical and lighthearted tips for enjoying tonights Geminid meteor shower. Further information...

Orionid Meteor Shower Activity Increasing This Week
2011-10-19 04:38:18

The Orionid meteor shower, formed from debris left behind by Halley's Comet, will be viewable during the early morning hours in both the northern and southern hemispheres over the next week, various media outlets are reporting. According to an article written by Joe Rao of Space.com and reprinted by CBSNews.com, "The Orionids can best be described as a junior version of the famous Perseid meteor shower“¦ The meteors are known as "Orionids" because the fireballs seem to fan out...

Meteor Seen In Skies Over Arizona, Nevada and Southern California
2011-09-15 06:29:08

  Arizona, Nevada and Southern California residents got a brilliantly bright treat Wednesday night as a possible fragment of an asteroid entered Earth´s atmosphere and streaked across the southwestern sky, according to a NASA scientist, after dozens of eyewitness reports were taken. Residents from Phoenix to Las Vegas reported to local authorities and various media outlets that they had seen a bright light moving quickly across the night sky west to east at around 7:45 pm PDT...

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2011-08-15 09:45:00

The annual Perseid meteor shower is a sky watching ritual with star gazers and photographers out in abundance every year for the light show. There have been uncountable photographs of this event over the years, but a fresh take on this is now available. NASA astronaut Ron Garan found himself in a unique position for this annual show, above the meteor and looking down from the International Space Station (ISS) as the space rocks turned to flame and fell through the atmosphere. Garan makes...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

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...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

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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