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  • Meteor showers are common - appearing every few weeks throughout the year. The trick is to know which are the major shows, what days, direction, time of night, and location to view them. Geminids and Perseids are the reliables; Leonids is famous but temperamental; Quadrantics are the dark horse. Follow them on meteor calendar, learn their characters, avoid the moon and light pollution, wait past mindnight for the bugs-on-the-windshield effect, and bring a cup of hot chocolate.

    • Which are the major meteor showers and how are they named?
    • How is each meteor shower different from the others?
    • How can I best view these meteor showers? 
    • On which days and time can I view them?
    • What kind of location and what should I prepare to view them?
  Dishes  - What to Watch
  • Dish 2 : Video - ScienceCasts: Embers from a Rock Comet: The 2014 Geminid Meteor Shower |

  • 3 min 24 sec video. Geminids are pieces of debris from an object called 3200 Phaethon. Long thought to be an asteroid, Phaethon is now classified as an extinct comet. Basically it is the rocky skeleton of a comet that lost its ice after too many close encounters with the sun. Earth runs into a stream of debris from 3200 Phaethon every year in mid-December, causing meteors to fly from the constellation Gemini.

  • Visit for more. Check out NASA's Geminid Meteor Shower page! Earth is passing th...
  • Dish 4 : Splatting - Horse Flies and Meteors - NASA Science |

  • Earth, like a speeding car, races around the Sun sweeping up everything in its path. There are no insects in space, at least none that we know of, but there are plenty of meteoroids, little flakes of dust from comets and asteroids. They hit Earth's atmosphere and--splat!--they disintegrate as fiery streaks of light called meteors. ...

    Earth has a windshield? It's the atmosphere, which protects us from solar wind and comet dust much as a car's windshield protects passengers from wind, rain and bugs. Earth's front windshield is the early morning sky. Earth circles the Sun dawn-side first, scooping up whatever lies on that side of the planet. That's why it's usually best to look for Perseids just before dawn.

  • Like bugs streaking down the side window of a moving car, colorful Perseid Earthgrazers could put on a pleasing show after sunset on Tuesday, August 11th.
  Chops  - How and When to Watch
  • Chop 1 : How to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower |

    1. Set your alarm clock.

    2. Pack a blanket, compass , bug spray, and snacks.

    3. Find a spot away from city lights.

    4. Look towards the northeastern sky using your compass.

    5. Look for the constellation Perseus.

    6. If you want to take photographs, bring along a tripod.

  • Each year, the Earth passes through the debris of a comet called the Swift-Tuttle. This debris burns up in our atmosphere to form what we see as meteors or shooting stars. The Perseid meteor shower is at its peak during mid-August. During...
  • Chop 2 : The Basics of Meteor Observing - Sky & Telescope |

  • Bring a reclining lawn chair to a dark site with an open view of the sky. No trees or buildings should intrude into your view except maybe at the very edges. Depending on the time of the year you may want to bring a sleeping bag for protection against cold, dew, and mosquitoes. You'll also need a watch and a dim, red-filtered flashlight to read it by. You can make notes with a clipboard and pencil, but much better is a tape recorder with a microphone switch. This way you can dictate notes in the dark without taking your eyes off the sky.

    Give your eyes at least 15 minutes to adjust to the dark. Settle in, look up, and relax. When you're ready to begin watching steadily, note the time to the nearest minute.

    The simplest project is just to count the number of "shower" (S) and "non-shower" (NS) meteors that you see. Shower meteors will seem to come from the radiant of the particular shower you are observing. The name of the shower will tell you the general location of the radiant. For example, the Perseid meteor shower's radiant is in the constellation Perseus.

  • Here's everything you need to know to watch meteors and meteor showers with success and comfort.
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