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Mosca

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Meteor shower tonight Thu, 12/13/12 2:03 PM (permalink)
The Geminids are peaking at the reasonable hours of between midnight and 2AM (reasonable for meteor showers, anyhow). There is also the possibility that they will coincide with another, rare, meteor shower, from Comet Wirtanen. The combined comets could produce over 100 meteors per hour. There will also be prime viewing conditions: a new moon, and clear skies will prevail for most of the country.

If it works out, this could be a once in a lifetime event for people who have never seen an intense meteor shower. If you have seen one, you will never, ever forget it. I was fortunate enough to see the Leonid shower of about 10 years ago, where there were dozens of starbursts and meteor rains. There is really nothing like it. Find somewhere away from the city, allow 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust, and look at the sky.
 
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    Sundancer7

    Re:Meteor shower tonight Thu, 12/13/12 2:37 PM (permalink)
    What part of the sky Mosca?
     
    Paul E. Smith
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      Mosca

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      Re:Meteor shower tonight Thu, 12/13/12 2:45 PM (permalink)
      From the constellation Gemini. Look for the two brightest stars east of Orion's belt.
       
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        kland01s

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        Re:Meteor shower tonight Thu, 12/13/12 2:47 PM (permalink)
        Very cool, it's going to be a clear night here.
         
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          lleechef

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          Re:Meteor shower tonight Thu, 12/13/12 4:41 PM (permalink)
          If I'm awake I'll go out and take a look.  We probably have too many lights around.  I once went up to Fairbanks for a weekend to see high aurora borealis activity.  It was spectacular.
           
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            mayor al

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            Re:Meteor shower tonight Thu, 12/13/12 7:53 PM (permalink)
            Our TV News said:
             "Best viewed in the Eastern sky between 2-7 AM"
             
            I am up between 4:30 and 5 AM most days, so I'll take a look if I can.
             
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              Mosca

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              Re:Meteor shower tonight Thu, 12/13/12 8:27 PM (permalink)
              Al, New York and Chicago both have peaks around 1-1:30AM. Use The NASA Global Meteor Shower Fluxtimator to get the best estimate of peak activity for your area.
               
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                Mosca

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                Re:Meteor shower tonight Thu, 12/13/12 9:29 PM (permalink)
                I just stepped outside for a moment to get something out of my car. It is INCREDIBLY clear and dark (and cold) here in The Poconos. I looked up and a meteorite brighter than any star in the sky streaked across almost a complete quadrant... FOUR HOURS before peak, estimated to be about 1AM local time. This is going to be a good one.
                 
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                  carlton pierre

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                  Re:Meteor shower tonight Fri, 12/14/12 8:03 AM (permalink)
                  I love stargazing and especially meteor showers.  I'm afraid it's too cold tonight but have made plans to find a lonely mountain top away from the lights and do it this early summer.
                   
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                    kland01s

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                    Re:Meteor shower tonight Fri, 12/14/12 9:07 AM (permalink)
                    Saw some of it around 4 am Chicago time. Very clear out, my backyard borders a park so no lights.
                     
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