December 10, 2008

Meteor shower: Geminids

The annual Geminid meteor shower began on December 7 and will peak this week during the evening of December 13. Sadly, a very bright moon is expected to obscure all but the brightest meteors. For the best viewing, grab a heavy blanket and a lawn chair then look up between 10pm and dawn. If you're patient and in a location without a lot of light pollution, you can expect to see a meteor (shooting star) streak overhead every couple of minutes.

If you'd like more information about the Geminids, where the meteors come from and why this particular meteor shower is a little unusual, check out this nice article by Mark at Meteorblog.


Suzanne Arruda said...

We always watched the meteor showers with the boys (before they moved away) and it was a treat for kids with a standard bedtime to sit up late in jammies (summer) on top of the car in the country and watch the show. We would pack a box of plain donuts and when you saw you first meteor, you hollered "incoming" and got to eat a donut. Lots of fun
Suzanne Arruda

Michaelle said...

I love the donut idea!