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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:46 AM

Great news for insomniacs tonight - this is it - last big meteor shower of the year....

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide

Geminids - but they could be enhanced by a new shower to bring the total to 120 or more per hour!

http://earthsky.org/space/new-meteor-shower-might-coincide-with-2012-geminids

"We’ve had lots of reports of meteors this week, and most are probably part of the Geminid meteor shower, scheduled to peak late night December 13 to dawn December 14 as seen from around the globe. But NASA is saying there’s a second possible meteor shower that could significantly boost the number of meteors you’ll see. The source of the possible new shower is Comet 46P/Wirtanen. Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office says debris left in Wirtanen’s orbit might produce as many as 30 meteors per hour, added to the 100 meteors per hour from the Geminids. That would be an awesome meteor show!

Why do scientists think a new meteor shower might coincide with the Geminids? Meteors in annual showers stem from debris left behind by comets. The cometary debris in space moves in streams, which are called meteoroid streams. Russian meteor forecaster Mikhail Maslov used computer models to predict as many as four meteoroid stream crossings – in other words, four crossings of streams of debris left behind by Comet Wirtanen – between December 10 and 14, 2012. If Earth does encounter this debris from Wirtanen, as predicted by Mikhail Maslov, the debris will enter our atmosphere and vaporize due to friction with the air. We on Earth will see meteors, or shooting stars."

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I am pondering heading out after midnight to see what I can see.....any other intrepid meteor shower watchers, post what you see in this thread! I will provide an update on what I observe....

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Reply Great news for insomniacs tonight - this is it - last big meteor shower of the year.... (Original post)
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NRaleighLiberal Dec 2012 #4
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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:19 AM

1. thanks

I will try to see it.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:34 AM

2. socked in with clouds and rain

PNW is NOT the best area for viewing

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:36 AM

3. I saw two really big ones last night

And I didn't even have to be an insomniac. First time it happened within my waking time with a clear sky.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:27 PM

4. Kicking - am heading outside and driving to a nearby lake in an hour or so....

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:36 AM

5. Just spent some time viewing the shower - brief report linked below

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