If you had trouble seeing the Geminid meteor shower, don't worry. There are two more showers you might be able to see in the next few weeks. Continue reading →
¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending December 21, 2013
Northern hemisphere sky watchers have a chance to see meteors from three separate showers during the next three weeks or so.
The Geminids were expected to peak on December 13th and 14th. You may still see a few of them as this article comes online. The Geminid shower comes from an asteroid named 3200 Phaethon. It’s thought to be an old comet that has lost all or nearly all of its dusty head. Earth still passes through dust trails it left behind and 3200 Phaethon appears to still have some dusty material coming off of it.
The Geminids get their name from Gemini, the constellation they seem to radiate from as Earth’s atmosphere sweeps up the tiny rocks in the dust trail. You may see up to 120 colorful meteors per hour from this shower.
The Ursids radiate from Ursa Minor, or if you prefer, the Little Dipper. This year’s peak is forecast to be on December 22nd at ...