Make a date with the twins. Almost a full moon will dampen things and I'm probably going to be under clouds but the gemimids come early, starting from sunset or 10 PM depending where you live and should make some slow movers, not the fast trails of other showers. Get to a dark place and look East towards the constellation of Gemini. Right now Jupiter is in Gemini and it is the brightest "star" in the sky so that will help you find it. If you know where Orion's Belt is , look above Orion's head a little towards zenith, there are about 10-12 stars along two parallel lines that look (sort of) like mirror images. That is Gemini, and like I said in Gemini is the very bright traveller Jupiter. If you don't know where Orion's Belt is your probably not interested in stars and already quit reading. Anyway they peak Friday night, but they are making limited appearances all week. Enjoy them for me, I'll probably be rained out!
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Thanks for the reminder|
Posted by: pikabike on Dec-12-13 12:55 AM (EST)
Literally every clear night we've had--there aren't that many in late fall or winter here--I've been outside looking at Jupiter, among other celestial bodies.
where to look|
Posted by: yknpdlr on Dec-12-13 8:08 AM (EST)
Saw a few last night|
Posted by: Wickerbutt on Dec-12-13 8:56 AM (EST)
Went out to the barn about 11 pm, kept the moon to my back with the barn roof as a full block of the moon. Saw 3 possibly a fourth from the corner of my eye. I was scanning from my right (east) to my left (west) mostly looking NE. The ones I saw were coming from the S.E. and streaking to the N.W. Total time outside, about 10 minutes
saw one yesterday|
Posted by: daggermat on Dec-12-13 2:13 PM (EST)
morning around 5:50 a.m. from the parking lot at work. Big, caught my eye, to the west.
No need to know the point of origin|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Dec-12-13 2:47 PM (EST)
Information about the point of origin for meteors of a particular event is interesting, but of no particular use to the viewer. The meteors will appear in all parts of the sky no matter the point of origin. The thing is, if you were to trace and then further extend the path of each scattered meteor back in the direction from which they came, all those lines would intersect at that point of origin. But the meteors can show up absolutely anywhere. That point of origin is the point in space, which as viewed "from here" is the leading edge of our atmosphere as the earth speeds through space, so the effect when colliding with meteors is just like watching snowflakes in your headlight beams as you speed down the highway. If the close-up flakes are viewed in two dimensions, their apparent paths of travel as you pass them radiate away from a point directly in front of you, so they appar to pass by going left, going right, and going up (and some would appear to be going down too if your car weren't in the way). Anyway, I find the car in a snowstorm to be a useful analogy.
Excellent points and mostly accurate|
Posted by: pirateoverforty on Dec-12-13 5:12 PM (EST)
When Gemini is high above meteors will appear at any point of the compass. To continue the moving car analogy, a snowflake may appear in the side window and then be visible out the rear window, buy you are unlikely to see one appear behind rushing towards your car. When Gemini is overhead the rear window is beneath your feet and you will see far more shooting stars looking up than looking down.
Yes and yes|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Dec-12-13 5:27 PM (EST)
Good clarification about what happens when the point of origin is low in the sky.
My preferred way|
Posted by: pirateoverforty on Dec-12-13 5:40 PM (EST)
I saved the mattress from an old Futon we got rid off. Take it out where it's dark all around and lay on your back.
what if I put it in reverse?|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Dec-13-13 1:14 PM (EST)
Posted by: dougd on Dec-14-13 6:36 PM (EST)
I had a good burn pile going last night and enjoyed the show although the moon washed a lot out. They were coming from the east to the west at my place. Seems I always miss these shooting events so it was a real pleasure to witness this again. No go for tonight, we got snow moving in now and it's just going to get heavier soon!