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Join the World in Looking for Geminids This Weekend with #MeteorWatch

Amateur astronomers around the world will be watching for what is predicted to be one of the year’s best meteor showers, the Geminids. Join in and make it a global experience with another #Meteorwatch on Twitter. #Meteorwatch, which occurred during the Perseid meteor shower in mid-August, is a social media astronomical event that was a big hit among Twitterers. But there’s lots of ways to join in, not only on Twitter. Everyone is welcome whether they are an astronomer or just have an interest in the night sky. The aim is to get as many people to look up as possible and maybe see meteors or even some fireballs for the first time.

Headed by Adrian West (@AdrianWest), the @NewburyAS Twitter account is the central hub. During #MeteorWatch, look/search for Tweets with the #Moonwatch hashtag to see images and information or have your questions answered.

Watch the video above for more information, or just go to Twitter and follow @AdrianWest, the @NewburyAS, or others listed in the video.

You can also get #Meteorwatch updates on Astronomy.fm which will be featuring “MeteorWatch Central”, Sunday night, Dec 13/14, with live imaging of deep sky objects in Gemini, as well as all-sky meteor watching, meteor-Ping listening, live call-in meteor-watching updates, and audio/visual presentations that will give you tips on meteors and meteor watching. Amateur astronomers around the world will be watching what is predicted to be one of the year’s best meteor showers, the Geminids. Join in and make it a global experience with another #Meteorwatch on Twitter.

The shower’s peak is around 05:00 Universal Time on the morning of December 14, but shooting stars should be visible for a night or perhaps two either side of this time. It is difficult to accurately predict how many streaks will be visible, but estimates place the figure as high as 100 to 120 per hour for observers under completely dark skies during the peak of activity. This number will drop dramatically if light pollution becomes a factor, but bright trails should still be visible.

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  • Jon Hanford December 12, 2009, 2:35 AM

    Yeah, I’m looking up……at the bottom of cumulus clouds in central Florida. Not even a sucker hole!

    Hopefully, the events noted in your article will get many newcomers to take a look at the night sky.

    Btw, Marshall Space Flight Center has a live-feed from an all-sky cam in Huntsville, Alabama along with meteor-ping audio. I’ve seen three ‘virtual’ meteors in the past 40 minutes, better than the real thing at this point! :)

  • Adrianus V December 12, 2009, 3:10 AM

    It’s a great trailer. One correction: the source of the Geminids isn’t a comet, but an asteroïd: 3200 Phaethon.

  • Lawrence B. Crowell December 12, 2009, 8:12 AM

    Right now things are pretty overcast, and tomorrow is expected to bring more of the same, sigh

    LC

  • justin_r_1993 December 12, 2009, 6:35 PM

    Just took out the camera, and its perfectly clear skies where i am : )

  • Tavi December 12, 2009, 6:43 PM

    “One correction: the source of the Geminids isn’t a comet, but an asteroïd: 3200 Phaethon.”

    Actually, some scientists do believe that 3200 Phaethon is a dormant comet, so “comet” is not an entirely incorrect description.

    Other scientists lean toward an asteroid that experienced a collision with another object some 1000-2000 yrs ago (thus the Geminids stream).

    Either way, it is a fascinating object! :)

  • Manu December 13, 2009, 4:02 AM

    Clear skies over Paris last night: Isaw one around 3 am just looking from the window, so I decided to brave the cold and walk out. No luck.
    Even in relatively open areas, the amount of city lights is one staggering heap of uselessness, there’s no way to not have one glaring into your eye from 20m away whichever way you’re facing.
    Back home in some frustration…

  • Spoodle58 December 13, 2009, 3:12 PM

    21:00 to 22:00 gmt
    Seeing magnitude 5 with light wisps of mist about
    Elevation 175 metres above sea level
    Location Southern Ireland
    count 99
    First 30 minutes many to the left of the radiant (ursa major area)
    Next 30 minutes mainly to the right if the radiant (orion area)
    sometimes In bursts of 3 or 4 with lots of bright trail blazers
    1 large with explosive burst of red and orange no sound (near ursa major) about 21:45gmt

    Great night here guys and girls

  • santafedog December 15, 2009, 11:29 PM

    22:15 to 22:30 Z time
    6805 Ft Elev. Santa Fe, New Mexico, U. S. of A.
    35d 40′ 040″ N X 105d 58′ 46.5″ W
    Two very thin, dim tracks about width of gemini right next to mars or toward SE and about a minute apart. Maybe 10 minutes later had two bright green (fuzzy) going low and slow toward SE maybe one or two seconds apart followed by a third, smaller, thinner and much shorter path greeny lower in the sky and a little further south.

  • santafedog December 15, 2009, 11:30 PM

    correction!!! that should have been 12:15Z

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