Don’t forget the meteor shower!

Geminid Meteor Shower

Geminid Meteor Shower, 2012. Credit: NASA & JeffDai950; for much higher resolution version see APOD original posting

Not long ago I posted about the new meteor shower — brand new, one never before seen, so could be quite a humdinger — that will grace the wee hours of the night sky Saturday and Sunday morning (i.e., to see it you’ll need to stay up past midnight Friday and Saturday night).

And there’s not much required to enjoy it: You only need to drive out to some really dark location well away from city lights, stay up after midnight, and use the standard eyeballs God gave you. This could be such a spectacular event that I’m posting this again; here’s a link to the original post with more info.

Latest NASA update and even more info.


Something new in the sky!

Friday and Saturday nights, May 23 & 24, may bring a spectacular sight never before seen — a new meteor shower, one born of the space-debris remains of Comet 209P/LINEAR. It may even turn into a major meteor storm, a sky-filling fiery light show that could be a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed. To see the meteor shower nothing is needed except your personal eyeballs and staying up late — see details.

Time-lapse image if the 1998 Leonids meteor shower from Wikipedia Commons.

Time-lapse image if the 1998 Leonids meteor shower, courtesy Modra Observatory via Wikipedia Commons.