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Old 12-10-2009, 07:00 PM   #1
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GEMINIDS METEOR SHOWER


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HOW STRONG WILL THE GEMINIDS BECOME?

Long ago, on a cold December night in the 19th century, the first Geminid meteors appeared. In those days, the display was so weak (a dozen or so meteors per hour) that only the most alert observers could say they had seen a Geminid. How times have changed. According to data compiled by Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, the Geminid meteor shower has intensified almost five-fold to become one of the best showers of the year:



What's driving the surge? The source of the Geminids is extinct comet 3200 Phaethon. A stream of debris from the comet has been sweeping across Earth's orbit for more than a century, and we are plunging deeper into the stream with each December crossing. Computer models suggest that the Geminids will continue to intensify with meteor rates jumping another 20% to 50% in the decades ahead.




Researchers will be watching the 2009 Geminids to see if the trend does indeed continue. Rates could exceed 140 meteors per hour when the shower peaks on Dec. 13th and 14th. Get the full story and observing tips from Science@NASA.


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Some Interesting Facts About the Geminid Meteor Shower



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Old 12-10-2009, 08:23 PM   #2
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Hey Joe, I'm totally into this stuff, Thanks.



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That's a really cool post, thanks for the info. I'm looking forward to getting more into sky watching when I move to VT.

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That is when all watch and turn to dust and the zombies come out from the not so exposed!

Thinking of an 80's movie!

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That is when all watch and turn to dust and the zombies come out from the not so exposed!

Thinking of an 80's movie!
That was Night of the Comet from 1984.

As for the the Geminid shower, I'm hoping that this storm front has passed by Saturday night. Right now, here in southern Nevada (Las Vegas), it's cloudy as hell and we've got rain forecast for tonight and tomorrow. If it clears up, I'm driving out to Jean, around 25 miles south of Las Vegas, and heading for the large dry lake bed there. No city lights. No car lights. Nothing. Quiet as the grave and darker than Hell. Almost like being uprange except I'm only at 2,900 feet rather than 5,500 feet. Great night sky viewing area. You can see all the stars AND the Milky Way.....


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