Saturday, December 12, 2009

Shields Up! Geminid Meteor Shower!

The Geminid meteor shower takes place over the weekend and is expected to be quite prolific. Each year the shower has gotten stronger and stronger as the Earth passes through the debris path of burned-out comet 3200 Phaeton, which is now classed as a Near-Earth Object. Expectations are to witness about 100-150 meteors per hour. Look for the shower to peak Sunday night as the head of the Gemini constellation, the star Castor moves higher in the sky before midnight.

Wouldn't you know it, here in Utah we have a major snowstorm in progress this weekend and I doubt there will be a break in the cloud cover. So I'll hunker down in the bunker and stay warm.

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