The most reliable meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, is on its way—with no moon to obscure the show over Salisbury.
The Geminid meteor shower 2012, the final major meteor shower of every year and likely to be the best, peaks overnight Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, and you may be able to see a great show on either side of those dates. If you liked the Perseids meteor shower 2012 in August, you should love this show. NASA reports that the Geminids are a relatively young meteor shower, with the first sitings occurring in the 1830s with rates of about 20 per hour. Over the decades the rates have increased, regularly spawning between 80 and 120 per hour at its peak on a clear evening. How spectacular is it? Just take a look at this video of the Geminid meteor shower. You can also look at some spectacular photos of the Geminids. Earthsky.org reports the Geminids peak …
The Geminids meteor shower will have more than 50 meteors fall per hour, or almost a meteor a minute.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
As you hang holiday lights and light the candles, cast your gaze upon the universe's natural fireworks, as well. The Geminid Meteor Shower is expected to begin Dec. 13. Be sure to schedule a night this season to bundle up, lay-out some blankets and enjoy the light show in the sky. Don't have access to a telescope? The Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society (LVAAS) invites you and your family to attend any monthly public star party. Hear a Night Sky Network talk about NASA missions and space science topics. See a planetarium show and look through observatory telescopes at the moon, planets and deep sky objects (weather permitting). All members of the general public are invited to LVAAS Star Party Events!! It's a great way to learn …