04 November 2010
Posted in Crosby Observatory
Keep your eyes to the sky December 7 - 14, 2010 to catch a glimpse of the year’s most prolific meteor shower display, the Geminids. The Geminid meteoroids originated from dust grains left behind from Asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Every time the Earth passes through the dust cloud or meteor stream, we experience what is known as the Geminids meteor shower. The shower’s radiant - the point in the sky from which the shooting stars appear to be falling from - is the constellation Gemini, which rises above the eastern horizon after 9:00 p.m. local time.
Photo courtesy of National Geographic
Monday, December 13 will be the peak night, providing the chance to witness over 120 shooting stars in an hour, darting across the sky in various colors such as, blue, green and red. Mark your calendars, grab a blanket and head to a dark area from midnight until dawn for optimal viewing and an unbelievable show!