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Post  mermaid on Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:27 am

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20101208/sc_space/meteorshowerandtotallunareclipsetowowskywatchersthismonth
Meteor Shower and Total Lunar Eclipse to Wow Skywatchers This Month


SPACE.com Space.com Staff

space.com – Wed Dec 8, 1:00 pm ET
Skywatchers, grab your blankets. December's night sky spectacular will feature the best meteor shower of 2010 as well as the only total lunar eclipse of the year -- sights that should outshine any New Year's Eve fireworks display in terms of sheer wonder.

The massive Geminid meteor shower returns every year, so you'll have more chances if the cold proves too daunting on the night of Dec. 13. But anyone in North America who skips the total lunar eclipse on the night of Dec. 20 will be missing what promises to be the best lunar eclipse show until April 2014.

[Local guides: The best spots to stargaze in your area]

This year's Geminid meteor shower is expected to be the best display of so-called "shooting stars" of the year and will peak during the overnight hours of Dec. 13 and Dec. 14.

Dazzling Geminid meteor shower

Like most meteor showers, the Geminids will be at their best after midnight (early on the morning of Dec. 14), when the Earth is heading directly into the meteoroid stream. But some will be visible earlier in the night, on the evening of Dec. 13, because the meteors' radiant (where they appear to originate) is nearly circumpolar, so they will stay in view above the horizon all night.

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This sky map shows where to look to see the Geminid meteor shower in the direction of the constellation Gemini. Clear dark skies, of course, promise the best viewing conditions.

Anyone venturing outside should dress much more warmly than normal to prepare for a long night vigil while sitting still.

Don't forget to get comfortable: A lawn chair with a reclining back and a blanket or sleeping bag should keep skywatchers snug — no binoculars or telescope are necessary.

Most meteor showers are caused by fragments of old comets scattered along a comet's orbit. When the Earth passes through a comet's orbit, it sweeps up the fragments, which become visible as bright streaks of light in the atmosphere.

The Geminid shower is unique in being associated not with a comet, but with an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon.

The Geminids' radiant is, as the name implies, in the direction of the constellation Gemini, just north of the northernmost of Gemini's two brightest stars, Castor and Pollux. In the early evening of Dec. 13, the radiant is low in the northeast. By 1 a.m. EST, after the date has changed to Dec. 14, the radiant is almost directly overhead. By 6.a.m. EST, when the shower is at its peak in the Eastern Time Zone, the radiant is low in the west.

Moon's holiday treat

The December holiday sky show doesn't end with the Geminid meteor shower. On the nights of Dec. 20 and Dec. 21, parts of four continents will be treated to a total eclipse of the moon — the only one to occur in 2010.

This NASA lunar eclipse chart shows the visibility of the eclipse from different regions around the world.

The last total lunar eclipse occurred on Feb. 20, 2008. While there are two total lunar eclipses in 2011, North American skywatchers will have to wait until April 2014 for one as potentially spectacular as the eclipse occurring this month. [Amazing Total Lunar Eclipse Photos]

Lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes through a point in its orbit in which the Earth is directly between it and the sun. When the moon enters the shadow of Earth, it creates a lunar eclipse. Unlike a solar eclipse, no precautions to protect the eyes are needed.

A total lunar eclipse is when the entire moon is completely inside the Earth's shadow. Since the sun's rays are bent by Earth's atmosphere so that some still reach the moon, the moon is still visible in an eclipse.

Lunar eclipse skywatching tips .........

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Satellite watching

Post  Betep on Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:51 am

Space Shuttle launched, meeting up with ISS.

Here's a neat satellite tracking site:
http://www.n2yo.com/

Unfortunately not a great view this trip. The 5 day predictions have less than stellar results.

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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  mermaid on Fri Feb 25, 2011 7:03 am

Oooooooooh. Two evenings ago, the 23rd, the guy on the snews said "Hurry!!! the ISS is flying over you NOW" - Unfortunately w/ only seconds left to get out there i did not see it. However I did see it last year. Amazing!
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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  Betep on Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:17 pm

Wednesday, March 9 @ 18:16, ISS will pass overhead!

http://www.n2yo.com/passes/?s=25544

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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  mermaid on Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:04 am

Ooooooooooooh cheers cheers bounce bounce
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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  Betep on Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:38 pm

Complete Sun and Moon Data for One Day

Just in case you want to make plans for day or night.

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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  mermaid on Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:55 pm

Oh good! this will come in quite handy bounce sunny Like a Star @ heaven
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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  mermaid on Tue Mar 08, 2011 6:43 am

I wrote down ISS passing over on the 9th of this month on my calendar.... you say you saw it last nite too? Hope to see it tomorrow nite. bounce
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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  Betep on Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:59 am

http://www.n2yo.com/passes/?s=25544
Tomorrow, Mar 9, @ 18:17:45 will be pretty much overhead (85°). Passes from NW to SW.

Last night was kinda neat because the space shuttle passed over at the same time after undocking from the ISS. View was separated by about a hand width at arms length. Both were still in sunlight so they were quite bright and easy to spot.

Visible twice tonight but low on the horizon as it passes over Maine then the DelMarVa peninsula.

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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  mermaid on Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:40 am

oh good! I`ll see this before going to sleep! Thanks for the update!
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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  Betep on Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:47 am

Last night was wicked late!
7pm. Rolling Eyes

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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  mermaid on Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:19 am

ok. 18:17:45 hours is what time in real life? I know you can do this.
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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  Betep on Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:15 pm

mermaid wrote:ok. 18:17:45 hours is what time in real life? I know you can do this.
scratch

18 - 12 = 6

so 6:17pm and 45 seconds. study

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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  mermaid on Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:41 pm

Yay !! I knew you could do it! bounce
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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  Betep on Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:26 pm

Bummer. Cloudy.

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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  mermaid on Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:50 am

Ya, and I was still awake too.
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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  Betep on Mon May 16, 2011 10:39 am

STS 134 Endeavour launched this morning and will dock with the International Space Station.

No visible passes over Cape Cod for the next 5 days. Daylight only. Crying or Very sad

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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  mermaid on Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:51 pm

Shine on, shine on harvest moon, upinthesky....... music-005 Git down!
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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  Betep on Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:25 pm

Draconid meteor shower: Don't let daylight or nearly full moon stop you
Draconid meteor shower viewing is potentially much more exciting this year, as Earth is expected to hit some tendrils of comet dust head-on. But the peak is Saturday afternoon.

If you live in North America, Saturday night will bring one annual meteor shower you won't have to set an alarm clock to see.

The Draconids are coming, and astronomers who forecast these events suggest these meteors could be slicing across the sky at a rate of from 500 to 1,000 an hour at the shower's peak.

Before you get too excited, however, some caveats:

1) The shower is expected to peak between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, meaning the folks in the best position to see the show live in the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of Europe. The shower will appear over North America as it's waning.

RECOMMENDED: The top nine meteor showers of 2011

2) The moon will be up, and it's only a couple of days away from full-moon status. That means it may be hard to see all but the brightest meteors – from a shower known for a high proportion of dim bulbs.

Still, "if I were a member of the general public, I'd sure stick my head out tomorrow night just in case," says Bill Cooke, who heads NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Typically the Draconids peak at about 20 meteors an hour, astronomers say.

The meteors will appear to travel from a point near the head of Draco the Dragon, a constellation visible all year for most people with a view of the northern sky.

The shower's source is a comet known as 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. It's a member of the Jupiter Family of comets, objects that come from the Kuiper Belt, a broad swath of ice-rich orbs that lies beyond Neptune.

The comet orbits the sun once every 6.6 years, leaving tendrils of dust in its wake. This year's expectations for large numbers of meteors is based on projections that the Earth will encounter three or four of these tendrils, including one that touched off a dazzling display in 1900 that yielded 600 meteors an hour at its peak. That was the year the comet was first detected.

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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  mermaid on Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:54 am

Oooooooooh
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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  Betep on Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:50 am

Too Moonie...

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Orionid Meteor Shower to Peak This Weekend

Post  Betep on Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:55 am

Most sky-watchers may have missed the Draconid meteor shower earlier this month due to poor viewing conditions. But the consolation prize might be the Orionids, another October meteor shower, due to peak this weekend.

Midnight to dawn on Saturday.

Orion constellation:


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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  Betep on Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:27 am

DAMMIT!
Too much light from the neighbor's "security" light @ Midnight; low clouds @ 5am.

I would have parka'r myself in a sleeping bag if the ground wasn't so wet in the front yahd.




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Is biggest and closest full moon on May 5, 2012 a supermoon?

Post  Betep on Sat May 05, 2012 3:07 am

[url=http://earthsky.org/tonight/is-biggest-and-closest-full-moon-on-may-5-2012-a-supermoonIs biggest and closest full moon on May 5, 2012 a supermoon?[/url]

According to U.S. clocks, May 5, 2012 features the closest and largest full moon of this year. Calendars say May 6, by the way, for this same close full moon as seen from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. We astronomers call this sort of close full moon a perigee full moon. The word perigee describes the moon’s closest point to Earth for a given month. But last year, when the closest and largest full moon occurred on March 19, 2011, many used a term we’d never heard: supermoon. We’ll probably hear that term again at this 2012 close full moon. What does it mean exactly? And how special is it?


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Re: This month for sky watchers!

Post  mermaid on Sun May 06, 2012 6:29 am

Tons O clouds over here.. saw full moon in pictures only.

http://classic.wunderground.com/wximage/viewsingleimage.html?mode=singleimage&handle=novembergale&number=846&album_id=415&thumbstart=1&gallery=CURRWEATHER#slideanchor

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