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Magic Hour For The Geminid Meteor Shower
2013-12-13 10:41:16

NASA Science 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." "It's going to be cold," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "But that is the best time to see the 2013 Geminid meteor shower." Geminids appear every year in mid-December when Earth passed through a stream of debris from...

Comet ISON May Be Gone, But Geminids Are On The Way
2013-12-09 10:36:02

[ Watch the Video: Look Up This Weekend For The Geminid Meteor Shower ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online More than a week has passed since Comet ISON made headlines around the world when it passed the sun on Thanksgiving, keeping astronomers everywhere on the edge of their seats. Now, just in time for the holidays, the annual Geminid meteor shower is on our doorstep, promising to offer a show that may last several days. And while it may not be as impressive as...

New Insight On Phaethon Rock Comet
2013-09-10 12:42:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Phaethon is a confusing sun-grazing asteroid, complete with a tail of dust particles similar to what is seen on a comet. But what makes it an asteroid rather than a comet? Scientists at the European Planetary Science Congress in London have helped explain this apparent conundrum. According to research presented by David Jewitt, Phaethon's tail becomes so hot when it approaches the sun that rocks on the surface crack and crumble to dust...

What Are The Geminids?
2012-12-12 05:24:29

[ Watch the Video: What is a Meteor? ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online 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. These celestial shows are rather common, with some 50 showers in 2012 alone (though not all of them are observable everywhere on Earth). One of the most brilliant events is the Geminid meteor...

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...

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2011-12-13 09:18:14

[ Watch the Video ] The 2011 Geminid meteor shower peaks on the night of Dec. 13-14, and despite the glare of a nearly-full Moon, it might be a good show. "Observers with clear skies could see as many as 40 Geminids per hour," predicts Bill Cooke of the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office.  "Our all-sky network of meteor cameras has captured several early Geminid fireballs.  They were so bright, we could see them despite the moonlight." The best time to look is between 10 pm...

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2010-12-13 18:00:00

Monday evening and Tuesday morning will provide the peak time to enjoy the 2010 Geminid meteor shower. Astronomy aficionados in most parts of the world will be able to see what the AFP news agency dubs "the best meteor shower of the year" through December 16. To celebrate the celestial event, NASA conducted a special "Up All Night" online event, and will continue to show live audio and video of the Geminids from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama through Thursday....

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2010-12-09 11:50:00

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. And unlike many astronomical phenomena, meteors are best seen without a telescope (and are perfectly safe to watch). At its peak and in a clear, dark sky up to 100 'shooting stars' or meteors may be visible each hour. Meteors are the result of small particles entering the Earth's...

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2010-12-12 16:00:00

The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks this year on Dec. 13th and 14th, is the most intense meteor shower of the year. It lasts for days, is rich in fireballs, and can be seen from almost any point on Earth. It's also NASA astronomer Bill Cooke's favorite meteor shower"”but not for any of the reasons listed above. "The Geminids are my favorite," he explains, "because they defy explanation." Most meteor showers come from comets, which spew ample meteoroids for a night of 'shooting...

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2009-12-13 17:50:00

Make hot cocoa. Bundle up. Tell your friends. The best meteor shower of 2009 is about to fall over North America on a long, cold December night. "It's the Geminid meteor shower," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "and it will peak on Dec. 13th and 14th under ideal viewing conditions." A new Moon will keep skies dark for a display that Cooke and others say could top 140 meteors per hour. According to the International Meteor Organization, maximum activity should occur...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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