[AZ-Observing] Re: Geminid meteor shower

  • From: Andrew Cooper <acooper@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2004 21:58:16 -0700

Saturday night at Sentinel we were getting rates well in excess of  "a 
few per hour".  Around 3am when I finally gave up defogging Violet's 
secondary and eyepiece every observation I put the gear away and Dean 
and I just watched the shower for a while.  We were averaging much 
better than one a minute with a couple good flurries above two a minute 
sustained for good periods, you would have thought we were watching the 
peak a day later.  Quite a few good sporadics or members of the other 
five showers going on at the time.

What does this mean for tomorrow morning?


Jeff Hopkins wrote:

>Space Weather News for December 11, 2004
>GEMINID METEORS: The 2004 Geminid meteor shower is underway.  Midnight sky
>watchers this weekend can expect to see bright meteors shooting out of the
>constellation Geminid--at least a few per hour. Rates will increase
>many-fold on Dec. 13th when the shower peaks.
>Because this meteor shower has such a broad peak, a good display is
>possible twice: on Monday morning, Dec. 13th, during the dark hours before
>sunrise and again on Monday evening, Dec. 13th, especially during the
>hours around midnight.

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