Geminid Meteor Shower Tonight!

December 13th, 2011 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, December 13, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
SpaceWeather.com

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

I couldn’t resist reminding you that the annual Geminid meteor shower is tonight! According to this website, Earth is passing through a stream of debris from asteroid 3200 Phaethon, source of this annual meteor shower. Forecasters expect meteor rates to reach 20 to 40 per hour when the shower peaks in bright moonlight. The moonlight may interfere slightly with your ability to see the display – but check it out anyway because chances are good you’ll see a shooting star!

The best time to look, no matter where you live, is from 10 pm local time on Tuesday, December 13th, until sunrise on Wednesday, December 14th. Bundle up, grab a cup of warm cocoa, and head outside to watch this heavenly event with your family.

If this piques your interest, you’ll find more in-depth information about meteors by reading the FAQs at the American Meteor Society website.

Younger children can check out the Meteoroid Facts for Kids website, or the Kids Pages at the European Space Agency website.

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