Meteor shower tonight

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2012/12/13 14:03:42 (permalink)

Meteor shower tonight

The Geminids are peaking at the reasonable hours of between midnight and 2AM (reasonable for meteor showers, anyhow). There is also the possibility that they will coincide with another, rare, meteor shower, from Comet Wirtanen. The combined comets could produce over 100 meteors per hour. There will also be prime viewing conditions: a new moon, and clear skies will prevail for most of the country.

If it works out, this could be a once in a lifetime event for people who have never seen an intense meteor shower. If you have seen one, you will never, ever forget it. I was fortunate enough to see the Leonid shower of about 10 years ago, where there were dozens of starbursts and meteor rains. There is really nothing like it. Find somewhere away from the city, allow 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust, and look at the sky.

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