Geminid meteor shower– By: Gabe A. Period 7

For all sky watchers around the world, I hope you saw the fantastic Geminid meteor shower that started on December 13 and then went into the early hours of December 14. Although the Geminid meteor shower is not as popular as the Perseids meteor shower, the Geminid is still a sight to see. Peaking around 12:10 a.m. (EST) and 9:10 p.m. (PST) there could be up to 140 meteors per hour. That’s about 3 meteors per minute. Unfortunately, the bad weather in New Jersey will prevent us from seeing the peak because the clouds will block your view. The Geminid meteors are not only amazing, but they also consist of debris from an extinct comet called Phaethon. Phaethon is basically the rocky skeleton of a comet that lost its ice after many encounters with the sun. For those of you who would want to see upcoming meteor showers at their best, then read this and follow the pro techniques to see the best meteor shower at its strongest and most dazzling level. If you really want to see a real meteor shower and there is bad weather in your area then you should plan a trip up a mountain or elevated area to see the “shooting stars” fall straight out of the sky. Bad weather can include clouds, rain, snow, hail, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, strong winds, and lightning storms. Also to be able to see the best possible view of a meteor shower, there are things that I would advise you to bring. To succeed maximum view, you should bring a collapsible chaise lounge, and warm blankets. You must also have your eyes already adjusted to the darkness or you won’t be able to see a thing. An important thing to bring that is suggested by NASA is a red filtered flashlight for reading maps and charts without ruining your night vision. On the other hand I would advise you to not bring binoculars which would sound like they make sense, but you won’t be able to see anything because binoculars can only help you see what you already see so there’s no point in bringing them. Trust me.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why would you need warm blankets on a mountain or elevated area? Where are some other places that you could go when there is bad weather in your area?

2. What are some other conditions at which you would have to go to a mountain or elevated area? Why would this condition block your view of a meteor showe


~ by jpiniat on December 15, 2009.

4 Responses to “Geminid meteor shower– By: Gabe A. Period 7”

  1. You did a great job on your post, Gabe. Too bad it was rainy and cloudy on Sunday night so we did not get much of a chance to see the meteor shower. Some students said the sky cleared for a bit between 9 and 10 pm so they got a chance to see a couple big meteors!

    I think you would definitely need a blanket because star gazing and meteor shower watching requires a lot of patience. Your eyes need to adjust to the darkness and you have to wait for the show to begin. This could take a while and in the cold temperatures that come along with December, a blanket would be a good thing to bring along. Maybe some hot chocolate too!

  2. You would bring a warm blanket so you can succeed at seeing maximum view. Some others places you could go are mountains and elavated areas. Some conditions are rain, snow, hail, and hurricanes. This condition would block your view because the clouds will block your view.

  3. I liked how you gave advice on how to view a meteor shower at it’s best. I never even thought about going up a mountain. It was also good how you gave the time when it is at it’s peek. Good idea on not to bring binoculars. I completely agree with you on that one. Some other conditions were you would have to go to an elevated area are hail, sleet, and all around precipitation

  4. I really like your artical Gabe! I also read Ally’s. Your artical is very long so keep up the good work:) Nice Job!

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