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Meteor Shower Tonite!

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posted on Dec, 13 2006 @ 04:57 PM

The annual Geminid meteor shower is expected to produce a reliable shooting star show when it peaks on Wednesday.

The Geminid event is known for producing one or two meteors every minute during the peak for viewers with dark skies willing to brave chilly nights.

When to watch
Late Wednesday night up until early Thursday morning when the moon rises, a single observer might average as many as 60 to 120 meteors per hour.

Where to look
These medium speed meteors appear to emanate from near the bright star Castor, in the constellation of Gemini, the Twins, hence the name "Geminid."

The track of each one does not necessarily begin near Castor, nor even in the constellation Gemini, but it always turns out that the path of a Geminid extended backward passes through a tiny region of sky about 0.2-degree in diameter (an effect of perspective).

posted on Dec, 13 2006 @ 05:15 PM
My dog usually needs the garden early hours of the morning, I hope I get to see them, although we have a lot of cloud cover at the moment, so there would be no point in me taking my camera out there to get a photo.


posted on Dec, 13 2006 @ 07:14 PM
Wheres the smilies face that crys? Nothing but rain, wind and cloud where I live.
hope someone gets a good sight.

posted on Dec, 13 2006 @ 07:32 PM
Cloudy here, but clearing later. I hope to see a few.

Hope it's better than the Leonids, which were a dud this year, after I got everyone excited about them..!

posted on Dec, 13 2006 @ 10:55 PM
You and me both , space' !

Heres a link to see where to look, and some additional info.


I'm about to go out for a while , think it's clear , here, but you never know till you step out the door.

Good luck, to those who have some sky.

thanks for the reminder , JA.

[edit on 13-12-2006 by Jbird]

posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 10:46 PM
Anybody have any luck?

I had low intermittent clouds.

Was able to see stars now and then , but not enough clear sky to
warrant sitting out trying to see meteorites.

Oh well, what's next...?

Ursids - December 17-25

Peak- 2005 Dec. 22 @ 10:53 UT


These meteors are typically faint.

posted on Dec, 15 2006 @ 10:13 PM

I saw quite a few..Even photgraphed one..I can post it later..
Not a real great shot..but at least I captured one.

I had the saem problem as you though..Patchy clouds, then finally a whole bank of clouds moved in..As I clicked through all the photos I shot, I noticed that I ended up with what turns out to be a pretty cool time lapse of the clouds rolling in. 85 shots, each a 20 second exposure.. I'll be editing that into a video for kicks.

posted on Dec, 16 2006 @ 10:43 AM
Sure spacedoubt-

Post 'em up.

You've got at least one (more, I'm sure) sky photography fan on here.

At least I can live vicariously throught your photos, until
the next cloud free event, in my area.

I've got a few decent sky shots (moon & planets), but those are from back in the day,
before the digital revolution. But it's cool to see comparisons.

I've been sending letters to Santa, for a scanner, but I guess
he only does e-mail, these days.

posted on Dec, 16 2006 @ 04:23 PM
Well, here it is!
It was one of the first shots in that sequence.
So I didn't get a chance make any adjustments.
YOu can see the trail of plane lights going by it the time too.

posted on Dec, 17 2006 @ 01:20 AM
That's one heck of a field of view, there, space' !

Is that cropped, or do you have a special lense?

Looks like ENE ?

Anyways, nice shot. thanks for sharing.

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