Gaga For The Geminids – 2014’s Best Meteor Shower Fires Up This Weekend

Get ready for the year’s best meteor shower. The reliable, rich and colorful Geminids will climax on not one but two nights. Even better, it all happens this weekend before midnight. No arising at 4 a.m. on a Tuesday. Most sources will tell you that we’ll see up to 120 meteors per hour, but 60-80…
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Lively Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Tomorrow, Tuesday

Watch out for flammable comet dust the next few nights. ‘Tis the season of the Leonids. This annual meteor shower, which originates from dust dribbled by comet 55P/Temple-Tuttle, peaks tomorrow and Tuesday mornings November 17-18. Every 33 years, when the comet swings into the inner solar system, Leonid numbers swell into the hundreds if not…
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Set The Alarm And Boil The Tea, It’s Time For The Orionid Meteor Shower

The coming week’s menu features a meteoric tossed salad of┬áTaurid fireballs crossing paths with the annual Orionid meteor shower. While the Taurids are a broad, sparse stream coming in dribs and drabs throughout October and November, the Orionids peak on the mornings of October 21-22. Expect to see 20 meteors an hour emanating from a…
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Night Of The Four Fireballs – Eastern U.S. Sees Spectacle

Four different fireball meteors lit up skies across the eastern U.S. last night according to reports received by the American Meteor Society (AMS). Normally, one brilliant fireball might zoom by every week or two, but last night four separate ones all came by within a few hours of each other. While brightness estimates vary a…
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How Were The Perseids From Your House Last Night?

I set the alarm for 2:15 and spent an hour with the Perseids this morning. How many meteors flashed by? Oh, five. But every one was like winning the lottery. The low number was surprising given that magnitude 4 stars were readily visible. On the up side, all of those I saw were bright and…
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