Check out when's the best time to watch it and where to look. Hint—it's early morning Jan. 4, when the moon sets.
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Wednesday, January 2
The Quadrantid meteor shower is named for an extinct constellation, but the shooting stars that seem to sprout from it still arrive yearly, and the opening of the 2013 show will begin overnight Jan. 1 into Jan. 2. Where do you plan to try watching the Quadrantids meteor shower in Smyrna-Vinings and the aurrounding area? Tell us in the comments section below. The Quadrantids is one of the lesser-known meteor showers of the year, but that doesn't mean it's less than spectacular. Take a look at this Quadrantids meteor shower video or these pictures of the Quadrantids. While the shower begins overnight on the first day of the new year, NASA tells us Quadrantid meteor shower peaks in the wee morning hours of Jan. 4: "The Quadrantids have a …
The most reliable meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, is on its way. Here are some tips for viewing the celestial show and a closer look at what the Geminid meteor shower is.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Geminid meteor shower 2012, the final major meteor shower of every year and likely to be the best, peaks overnight Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, and you may be able to see a great show on either side of those dates. If you liked the Perseids meteor shower 2012 in August, you should love this sky show. NASA reports that the Geminids are a relatively young meteor shower, with the first sightings occurring in the 1830s with rates of about 20 per hour. Over the decades the rates have increased, regularly spawning between 80 and 120 per hour at its peak on a clear evening. How spectacular is it? Just take a look at this video of the Geminid meteor shower. You can also look at some spectacular photos of the Geminids. Earthsky.org reports the Geminids…