Resolve To See The Quadrantid Meteor Shower

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to spend more time under the stars in 2017, you’ll have motivation to do so as soon as Tuesday. That morning, the Quadrantid (kwah-DRAN-tid) meteor shower will peak between 4 to about 6 a.m. local time just before the start of dawn. This annual shower can be a rich…
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Geminid Meteor Shower Puts On A Show This Week

Every December the Geminid meteor shower roars to life. It’s now the year’s richest shower and can spitball up to 100 meteors an hour when observed under optimal conditions from a dark sky site. Let me be honest at the outset. This year’s shower will be compromised by none other than a supermoon. Yes! That bad boy’s…
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Small Is Beautiful: See A Micro Moon And The ‘Mini-Orionids’

We won’t soon forget the supermoon of Nov. 13-14, the closest full moon till Nov. 25, 2034. Two weeks before that on Halloween, the moon was a thin crescent at dusk and at the opposite end of its orbit, farthest from Earth. Distant moons are known as micromoons, and October’s was the most distant of…
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Bright Moon Will Ding Leonid Meteor Shower

The moon giveth, and the moon taketh away. The very thing that will make us go gaga this weekend — a close, bright supermoon — will also take a bite out of the Leonid meteor shower. Leonids appear to fly out of the constellation of Leo the Lion, hence their name. The shower occurs every…
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Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks Friday Morning

Every year in late October, Earth plows into  a “snow flurry” of dust and small fragments shed by Halley’s Comet during its many passages of the sun. The last time Halley dropped by our vicinity was in 1986, and it’s expected again in 2061. Every time the comet draws near the sun, solar heating boils…
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