Sunday, December 07, 2008
Geminids Meteor Shower starting tonight
I was so lucky that August summer night back in 1994 as to find myself unexpectedly in the middle of the desert, in what seemed almost a lunar surface, when we started to notice something magically unusual was going on. Shooting stars were all over the sky, not one or two, but tens of them, non-stop showering all around. Later I found out it might have been the Perseids, peaking around Aug 12th.
Since then I have had this fascination for meteor showers although I did not have many more chances to experience them.
This next weekend we're heading to the desert for a camp out night to hopefully see the Geminids peak Dec 13th, although the moon will be interfering quite a bit with the experience. Also, more to come soon in Jan 3rd/4th: the Quadrantis.
In case anybody wonders, the best hours to observe meteor showers is from midnight til pre-down (regardless your time zone). For more info I recommend MeteorShowers blog.