Of the dozen or so annual meteor showers, only three produce rates possibly numbering over 100 per hour: August's Perseids, December's Geminids and — due to peak late this week — January's Quadrantid meteor shower. Each year, the Earth briefly encounters that meteor shower in the first week of January. Quadrantid meteors appear to fan out from a spot on the sky midway between the Big Dipper's handle and the four stars marking the head of Draco, the dragon. And here's the story behind the meteors' unusual moniker: There was at one time a dim, shapeless star pattern known as Quadrans Muralis, the "wall quadrant." The pattern was pictured on many 18th- and 19th-century star atlases but is now defunct. Its stars have since been redistributed among the constellations of Boötes, Draco and Hercules. The main challenge with the Quadrantids is catching them when they are active, because they are a very short-lived display. The Quadrantids characteristically spend only about … [Read more...] about Bountiful Quadrantid Meteor Shower of 2019 Hits North America at Wrong Time
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For those hoping to get a glimpse of the Geminid meteor shower, the weather across the United States will either be very good, with clear skies and excellent viewing prospects, or very bad, with cloud-filled skies and perhaps some rain or wintry precipitation thrown in for bad measure. The national weather map for the predawn hours tomorrow (Dec. 14) — when the Geminids are expected to be at their best — shows a developing storm near the Texas-Louisiana border. The storm is expected to generate a large swath of dense clouds over much of the eastern half of the nation. From the central Great Lakes south through the Tennessee and Mississippi river valleys and into the central Gulf Coast, the only meteors that will be visible will be those of the hydro variety (raindrops). Over the Florida Panhandle, the rain could be especially heavy with as much as 2 or more inches falling within only a few hours' time. Across much of the south there will be a threat of thunderstorms. … [Read more...] about Here’s the Weather Forecast for the 2018 Geminid Meteor Shower
The Geminid meteor shower will peak on the night of Dec. 13-14, and stargazers will have a chance to catch what is normally the best meteor shower of the year, according to AccuWeather. About the GeminidsThe Geminids "are typically one of the best and most reliable of the annual meteor showers," according to NASA. The Geminids have a peak activity meteor count of 120 meteors per hour, and a meteor velocity of 22 miles per second.The shower is comprised of debris coming from Asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Its radiant (apparent origin point) is the Gemini constellation, hence the name.This year, Google paid tribute to the Geminids with a fun doodle on its homepage.How to watch the Geminids The best time to watch the Geminids is after midnight. However, if you go out before midnight you should still be able to spot meteors, making it an ideal meteor experience for kids.You don't need to find the Gemini constellation, as the meteors will be visible across the sky.Barring cloud cover in your … [Read more...] about Geminids peak tonight: How to watch the most active meteor shower of the year
PUBLISHED: 16:01 15 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 15 November 2018 the Leonids meteor shower is due to light up the skies. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto Archant Here’s everything you need to know about the next meteor shower and when you can view it. The Leonids is an annual meteor shower that takes place in November. It’s one of the most significant and visible showers, along with the Perseids and the Orionids, which took place this year in August and October respectively.Meteor showers occur when particles of comet debris enter our atmosphere and burn up, appearing as shooting stars.This year the spectacle of the Leonids - named after the Leo constellation - will be most visible from late Saturday night (November 17) until dawn on Sunday, November 18.As is the case with most astrological events, catching a meteor shower is a waiting game. The best approach is to wrap up warm and have a comfy chair to sit in while you wait.It will be visible to the naked eye so … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about the next meteor shower
IF you've ever wanted to see a meteor shower, you're in luck – a shooting star display is imminent. The Leonid Meteor Shower hits Earth every November and the celestial event has returned once again. Here's everything you need to know about it... What is the Leonid Meteor Shower? The Leonid Meteor Shower is one of six significant annual meteor showers. A meteor shower occurs when many meteoroids (rocks in space) fall towards the Earth after breaking off a comet - a small, icy object in the Solar System which orbits the sun in an irregular fashion, unlike the Earth's circular orbit. This particular celestial event is called the Leonids because it appears to come from the Leo star constellation. It occurs when the Earth passes through debris which has broken away from the comet Tempel-Tuttle - which has a whopping 33-year orbit around the sun. The best way to watch a meteor shower and spot shooting stars When the Earth passes through the debris, it falls towards our … [Read more...] about When does the Leonid Meteor Shower peak in 2018 and where can I see it in the UK?