Monday Night Links: The Geminid Meteor Shower Edition


Stargazers are about to get their annual celestial treat: A bright meteor shower, the Geminids, will grace skies worldwide this week, with a peak in activity on Thursday (Dec. 13).

No telescope or binoculars are required to see the show — just use your bare eyes. The moon will set before the meteors come out to play around 10 p.m. local time, meaning the sky should be nice and dark for optimal viewing. There could be as many as 100 to 150 meteors an hour to gape at, for those patient enough to spend a few hours in a dark area and let their eyes adapt to starlight.

The Geminids, unusually among meteor showers, are the leftovers of an asteroid (most showers originate with comets). They are caused when rubble from the asteroid hits Earth’s atmosphere, lighting a path through the sky as it burns up.

Hopefully the weather cooperates around these parts, its been really dreary as of late. Now, on to the links…

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  • John Carey December 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for the heads up. I didn’t know it was this week. The North Dakota skies are suppose to be cloudy this Thursday but things can change in an instant out here. I’ll keep my eyes towards the heavens looking for the show. Thanks for the link Steve.

    • steve December 10, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      I checked the weather around these parts, and it supposed to clear up (it’s been quite dreary for what seems like weeks) so I’ll try to get out see if I can see the showers.

  • KingShamus December 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Ever since NASA became a self-esteem booster for emo Muslims, I haven’t paid a lot of attention to astronomy, but this is really cool. I didn’t know about the Geminid showers at all, so I’ll keep my eyes peeled now.

    Thanks for the linkie goodness, my homie. I appreciate it.

    • steve December 10, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      No problem-o!

  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire December 11, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Enjoy the sights and thanks for the link, Steve.

    • steve December 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      You are very welcome!

  • Bunkerville December 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks for the link and heads up.