Image Source: BBC/SPL

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

If you take a look at the sky Thursday night, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll see a shooting star. That’s because the annual Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak Thursday evening. KHOG has more.

“As many as 100 shooting stars an hour are possible an hour. The show should start just after sunset local time across North America and continue until dawn.”

The Geminids peak Thursday night into Friday morning, but they’ll be visible through Friday night. Even though it’s an annual meteor shower, NASA reports, there’s something new about this year’s show in the sky.



“Not only is the Geminid meteor shower active as Earth passes through a stream of debris from ‘rock comet’ 3200 Phaethon, but … a new meteor shower could make an appearance. ‘The source of the new shower is Comet Wirtanen … Dust from this comet hitting Earth's atmosphere could produce as many as 30 meteors per hour.’”

 

The comet was discovered in 1948 and takes 5.4 years to orbit the sun. KRIV tested out an app, called Star Walking, that could help stargazers get a good look.


“What i like about this is it's a real-time app. it's going to read your gps location and all you have to do is point it.”
“It's incredible”

And the Washington Post has a few tips for those who plan to venture out Thursday night.

“With hope of clear skies and no contentious moon Thursday night, go outside and look up. That’s all. No telescopes, no binoculars, it’s just your eyes. Stay away from front porch lights, backyard beams and street lamps. Find a hot beverage to sip, get your eyes acclimated to the dark and then gaze. The best time will be between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.”

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Dec 13, 2012

Geminid Meteor Shower to Peak Thursday Night

Image Source: BBC/SPL

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

If you take a look at the sky Thursday night, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll see a shooting star. That’s because the annual Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak Thursday evening. KHOG has more.

“As many as 100 shooting stars an hour are possible an hour. The show should start just after sunset local time across North America and continue until dawn.”

The Geminids peak Thursday night into Friday morning, but they’ll be visible through Friday night. Even though it’s an annual meteor shower, NASA reports, there’s something new about this year’s show in the sky.



“Not only is the Geminid meteor shower active as Earth passes through a stream of debris from ‘rock comet’ 3200 Phaethon, but … a new meteor shower could make an appearance. ‘The source of the new shower is Comet Wirtanen … Dust from this comet hitting Earth's atmosphere could produce as many as 30 meteors per hour.’”

 

The comet was discovered in 1948 and takes 5.4 years to orbit the sun. KRIV tested out an app, called Star Walking, that could help stargazers get a good look.


“What i like about this is it's a real-time app. it's going to read your gps location and all you have to do is point it.”
“It's incredible”

And the Washington Post has a few tips for those who plan to venture out Thursday night.

“With hope of clear skies and no contentious moon Thursday night, go outside and look up. That’s all. No telescopes, no binoculars, it’s just your eyes. Stay away from front porch lights, backyard beams and street lamps. Find a hot beverage to sip, get your eyes acclimated to the dark and then gaze. The best time will be between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.”

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