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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting the link to my site on your site. 2009 should be a better year for meteor showers actually. If you have some time on January 3rd, the Quadrantids could produce up to 120 meteors per hour!