How To See The Geminids, Best Meteor Shower Of 2017

Last year’s Geminids were mooned out. This summer’s Perseids took a beating from moonlight. Our patience will finally get its reward this week with the return of the Geminid meteor shower under dark skies. Expect a great show. Under ideal circumstances — no light pollution with the shower’s radiant high overhead — we might see…
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Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower Opening Act For Perseids

I was so busy looking down yesterday I forgot to look up. If you’ve been staying up late and noticing more meteors than usual, it’s because the Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower’s been active this month. They don’t come in droves, only about 10 to 20 per hour under dark skies, but they mark the…
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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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