posted on Dec, 7 2010 @ 09:31 PM
Originally posted by ThePeaceMaker
i am wondering if anyone knows of any meteor showers tonight.
Actually there are quite a few showers active right now, and this is a very busy time of year for meteor showers as well as for random or sporadic
These showers are all active right now:
December Leonis Minorids
Psi Ursa Majorids
December Kappa Draconids
You could expect to see around 10-12 meteors per hour from a rural observing site
. It's doubtful that you would see that many from any place
close to London, especially with street lights in your view.
Although the Geminids are a major meteor shower at peak, this far before peak you would only expect to see one or two every hour under ideal
conditions and with all round unobstructed views of the horizon.
Click here for activity graphs of the previous years showers from the International Meteor Organization
I think it's much more likely that what you saw was ice crystals. There have been reports of ice crystals in the air in recent days. I saw some myself
a couple of nights ago. They looked like a fine mist of water droplets close to the lights, but away from the lights they created streaks that looked
a little to me like light reflecting off spider silk.
What was the temperature at the time, and how often were you seeing the streaks of light? Also, were the streaks straight or fairly random? Meteors
will almost always appear to be traveling along a straight trajectory.
Why not grab a sleeping bag or two and head away from the lights on the Geminid peak night (Monday the 13th) or even the next night (which should also
be quite good)? so you can compare what you saw to known meteors The best rates are usually some time after midnight, and if you are lucky, there will
be very few dull moments. It's probably the most dependable meteor shower of the year, and recent years have all seen good rates, so there is a good
chance the trend will continue this year. Either way, good luck.
edit on 7-12-2010 by C.H.U.D. because: (no reason given)