Posted by: MadSciLabz | January 2, 2009

Stellar Meteor Shower Jan. 3, 2009



This month’s performance of the annual Geminid Meteor Showers will occur midway between the end of the handle of the Big Dipper and the quadrilateral of stars marking the head of the constellation Draco. One of the most unpredictable yet most intense meteor showers called the Quadrantids will take place during the pre-dawn hours of January 3, 2009, averaging one to two meteor sightings per minute. If the “Quads” reach their full potential, observers blessed with clear, dark skies could be averaging one or two meteor sightings per minute in the hour or two prior to the break of dawn. The growing light of dawn ends meteor observing usually by around 7 a.m. So, if the “Quads” are to be seen at all, some part of that 8-hour active period must fall between 2 and 7 a.m. It will peak at around 4:50 am Pacific Standard Time. For those across the western half of the United States and Canada, the radiant will soar high in the eastern sky just prior to the onset of morning twilight. Quadrantid rates will likely range from 30 to 60 per hour for eastern parts of the U.S. and Canada, to perhaps 60 to 120 per hour for the western United States and Canada. For those in Europe, the shower’s sharp peak will likely come long after sunrise. Nonetheless, hourly rates of perhaps 15 to 30 may still be seen.

Source: Space.com

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  1. Very interesting! I will definitely be back.

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