Geminids Put On A Splendid Show

Did you get out to see the Geminids last night? We were incredibly lucky. The sky cleared around 7:30 and stayed that way till almost midnight despite the forecast for “mostly cloudy and snow flurries.” After a fun party with the local astronomy club, I sped home, dressed in my heavy coat, hat and boots…
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Who’d A- Thunk It? Mercury May Have Meteor Showers Too

Of course, of course, it only makes sense. We’re so caught up in watching meteor showers on our own planet, who ever thinks about meteors at Mercury? Or Venus for that matter? This week NASA announced that regular spikes in the amount of calcium in Mercury’s upper atmosphere bespeak a cyclical source. The likely culprit?…
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Spectacular Meteor Storm Lights Up Mars During Recent Comet Flyby

Oh, to have stood under the Martian sky on October 19th! As Comet Siding Spring passed just 87,000 miles (140,000 km) from the planet that night, dust in its tail slammed into the Martian atmosphere at 126,000 mph, burning up in storm of meteoric madness. “Thousands per hour fell,” said Nick Schneider, instrument lead for NASA’s…
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Seeing Meteors? Delta Aquarids Peak This Week!

With the Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaking tomorrow morning, the summer meteor season’s officially underway. While not a spectacular shower from mid-northern latitudes, why not chance  a look anyway. With a rate of 10-15 per meteors an hour from a dark sky you’re bound to catch at least a few. The farther south you…
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Catch Some Quadrantids! Year’s First Meteor Shower Peaks Tomorrow Morning

Tomorrow morning before dawn will be the best time to catch the very first meteor shower of the new year. The Quadrantids, named for the one-time constellation Quadrans Muralis, located below the handle of the Big Dipper, is one the most reliable showers of 2014. While the constellation’s now obsolete and erased from modern sky…
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