Friday, December 3, 2010

Geminids

Tis’ the season for meteor showers again… although this time it would be my first (hopefully) meteor shower viewing.

Where do they come from, you may ask. They’re actually some meteorites, some debris hanging around the Solar System until one day a year where they will commit mass suicide by crashing into the Earth’s thick atmosphere. Contact at high velocities produces high friction and heat and results in – the meteor that shone for a moment, and then fell, vaporised into nothingness.

Now for the details~~

The Geminids is the final major meteor shower of the year; it's also one of the most eye-catching! To observe the Geminids look anywhere from 50 degrees to 60 degrees above the horizon and about 20 degrees away from the constellation Gemini. (the “n” shaped constellation above Orion the Hunter’s arm)

The Geminids meteor shower can be seen all over the world, but the best viewing opportunities are for those in the Northern Hemisphere (above the equator). Those in the Southern Hemisphere will still have a worthwhile viewing experience.

For the best viewing experience, find an area unobstructed by structures and that is far away from city lights. Using binoculars or telescores is not recommended - you'll be more likely to miss a hooting star whizzing by. Just gaze the skies with your eyes.

Best time to observe:
12:00am - 04:30am (MYT)
On: December 14th

Shower rate:
90-120 per hour

Time Zone: UTC/GMT +8 hours

While expected rates in your location may be high, several factors such as light, the moon, and cloud cover may interfere.
50%
Moon Forecast: First Quarter 
Meteor shower gazing conditions will be nearly ideal as the moon is expected to set several hours before dawn.

Have Fun!

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