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    Geminid meteor shower Dec. 12-14, 2008

    Geminid meteor shower

    An astronomical treat that can be seen tonight and for the next two nights is the annual Geminid meteor shower, one of the year’s best displays of shooting stars. Up to 100 meteors an hour can fly across the sky. The meteors, which are easy to spot with the naked eye, appear to shoot out from the constellation Gemini, hence their name, but they can be seen all over the sky. However, with a full moon so bright, the best place to look is away from the Moon.

    Meteor showers happen when the Earth passes through clouds of debris shed from comets. As the tiny fragments smash into the Earth’s upper atmosphere at about 100,000mph, they burn up in streaks of light.

    For reasons that are not understood, the Geminid meteor showers are tending to grow stronger each year.

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    Default Closest Full Moon in 15 Years . . . .

    If the full moon tonight, Dec. 12th, 2008 looks unusually large, it is not your imagination – it is the biggest and brightest full moon to be seen for 15 years.

    Each month the Moon makes a full orbit around the Earth in a slightly oval-shaped path, and tonight it will swing by the Earth at its closest distance, or perigee. It will pass by 356,613km (221,595 miles) away, which is about 28,000km closer than average.

    The unusual feature of tonight is that the perigee also coincides with a full moon, which will make it appear 14 per cent bigger and some 30 per cent brighter than most full moons this year – so long as the clouds hold off from blocking the view.

    In addition to this lunar flypast, much of Britain may also be treated to a strange phenomenon known as the moon illusion. As the Moon rises in the late afternoon, it will appear even larger as it lies close to the horizon. Psychologists have tried to explain this as a trick of the eye, as the landscape on the horizon appears to make the Moon loom much larger, an effect that disappears as the Moon rises above the horizon, although viewing it through a tube, such as a toilet roll, can make it look large again.

    With the Moon approaching so close to the Earth, its gravity will pull a slightly higher tide than normal for a full moon. This so-called perigeal tide adds about 0.5m (1.6ft) to the high-water mark, and with freshening southwesterly winds forecast, this may cause some flooding, especially along parts of the South West coast.

    Tonight’s full moon is also notable for rising to its greatest height in the night sky for the entire year, lying almost overhead at midnight. This is because we are approaching the winter solstice, on December 21, and thanks to the tilt of the Earth the Moon appears at its highest, as the Sun is at its lowest.

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    Very cool!

    A cool site for searching what may be visible in the skies over your area:
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    Cool! Thanks for sharing!
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    Well I can only hope these pesky clouds will disappear so I can see some of this stuff. It's not looking too good right now though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rover View Post
    Geminid meteor shower



    For reasons that are not understood, the Geminid meteor showers are tending to grow stronger each year.
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    The moon tonight is fantastically bright. I live out in the sticks, and at 1am during a full moon, it's so bright you can see the treeline beyond the fields, we're talking hundreds of yards. It's amazing how much more of the sky you can see outside of the city lights.

    Between last week's moon/planet alignment, this full moon and the meteors, December is a pretty active month for "lookin' at the stars".

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    Not a single cloud in the sky here tonight so I went outside to see what I could see....I froze my bag off in about 30 seconds so I am back inside....will try again later.
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    There may be more meteors Sat. night......

    Friday night, I saw none, nut, I did see a beautiful cloud circle around the moon tonight!

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    I love when the moon follows me and lights my way home when I'm out late. I love how she and Venus are inseparable. I can't wait to see a real, live meteor shower. Saw my first rainbow just the other day.
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    well went outside for a smoke and happened to look up, and low and behold i saw 1, man was that thing going fast lasted all of about 1.5 seconds but still cool
    I used to wonder why he was grinning all the time(Michael Ian Black talkin about EVH on VH1 I love the 80's) but then i realized the reason he's grinning is because he's Eddie F*#king Van Halen

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    saw the 2nd one a few minutes ago
    I used to wonder why he was grinning all the time(Michael Ian Black talkin about EVH on VH1 I love the 80's) but then i realized the reason he's grinning is because he's Eddie F*#king Van Halen

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    My team partner and I saw the show as we headed across the vast expanses of Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and going over Donner Pass. In all, I'd say we saw a dozen, or more, each night
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrockinmonkeyboy View Post
    My team partner and I saw the show as we headed across the vast expanses of Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and going over Donner Pass. In all, I'd say we saw a dozen, or more, each night
    But did your team partner survive Donner Pass, or did you get the munchies?
    Me & my son saw a couple of nice ones Saturday night...very cool!
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