Spectacular Fireball Over Pittsburgh / Juvenile Moon Alert

Pittsburgh fireball February 17 A fireball meteor at least as bright as the full moon flared over the Pittsburgh region around 4:50 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday morning. The object, detected by three NASA meteor cameras, was moving at a speed of 45,000 miles per hour. Based on its brightness, NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office estimated the object at 2…
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Weekend ‘Quads’ Meteor Shower A Case Of Bad Timing … But Have Faith

It will take determination to see the annual Quadrantid meteor shower this weekend especially for U.S. observers. The annual blizzard of meteors – up to 120 per hour – rivals the Geminids and Perseids. Sadly, it has a very narrow peak that occurs around 8 p.m. (CST) Saturday night Jan. 3, just one night before…
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Stargazing On Christmas Night

Merry Christmas and a happy holiday! I hope you’re enjoying time with family and friends and a clear night is in the forecast. Should you poke your head out tonight, here’s what’s up. At nightfall, a pretty crescent moon ornaments the dim constellation of Capricornus not far from Mars. Barely half a degree to the…
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The Geminids Ain’t Over Yet! Meteor Shower Update

An overcast of biblical proportions has hidden the sky at my home for 9 nights in a row. But even without seeing a single Geminid meteor, I can tell you this – the shower’s been fantastic. NASA’s network of all-sky cameras detected more than 200 fireballs and the International Meteor Organization’s quicklook data show a peak of…
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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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