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Published on Dec 9, 2013

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Geminid meteor shower set to peak, but moon might curtail viewing

Dec. 9, 2013 at 6:26 PM ET

Geminid

SkyandTelescope.com
This chart shows the radiant point for the Geminid meteor shower.

This week marks the peak of what is usually considered the most satisfying of all annual meteor displays: the Geminid meteor shower.

As was the case with last month’s Leonid meteor shower, however, prospective skywatchers should be aware that once again, observers will face a major obstacle in their attempt to see this year’s Geminid performance, namely, the moon.

Unfortunately, as luck would have it, the moon will turn full on Dec. 17, and as such, will seriously hamper viewing the peak of the Geminids, predicted to occur in the overnight hours of this Friday to Saturday. Bright moonlight will flood the sky through much of that night, playing havoc with any serious attempts to observe the usually spectacular meteor shower. [See amazing photos of the 2012 Geminid meteor shower]

The Geminids are already around, having been active only in a very weak and scattered form since about Dec. 7. Geminid activity is expected to be on an upswing in the nights to come, leading up to their peak on Friday night.

Historically, this shower has a reputation for being rich both in slow, bright, meteors as well as rather faint meteors, with relatively few of medium brightness. Many Geminid meteor shower streaks appear yellowish in hue. Every once in a while, a Geminid fireball will blaze forth, bright enough to be quite spectacular and more than capable of attracting attention even in bright moonlight.

“If you have not yet seen a mighty Geminid fireball arcing gracefully across an expanse of sky, then you have not seen a meteor,” astronomers David Levy and Stephen Edberg wrote in their book, “Observe Meteors,” published by the Astronomical League.

Dark sky opportunities
The best times to look for streaking Geminids this year will be during the predawn hours several mornings before the night of full moon when the constellation Gemini will be standing high in the northwest sky. 

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l times in this chart are a.m. and are local standard times. “MS” is the time of moonset. “Dawn” is the time when morning (astronomical) twilight begins. “Win” is the available window of dark sky composed of the number of minutes between the time of moonset and the start of twilight.

In fact, three “windows” of dark skies will be available between moonset and the first light of dawn on the mornings of Dec. 13, 14 and 15. Generally speaking, there will be about two hours of completely dark skies available on the morning of Dec. 13. This window shrinks to only about an hour on the 14th, and to less than 10 minutes by the morning of the 15th.

 
 
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Another last minute asteroid has made its presence know as there seems to be confusion on its exact close approach !

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A meteor with estimated weight of 40 kg, approximately 0.3 – 0.4 meters wide, and traveling at speed of 90 123 km/h hit the lunar surface in Mare Imbrium on March 17, 2013. The resulting explosion packed as much punch as 5 tons of TNT.

 

“It exploded in a flash nearly 10 times as bright as anything we’ve ever seen before”, said Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.

 

Anyone looking at the Moon at the moment of impact could have seen the explosion without a telescope. For about one second, the impact site was glowing like a 4th magnitude star.

 

Ron Suggs, an analyst at the Marshall Space Flight Center, was the first to notice the impact in a digital video recorded by one of the monitoring program’s 14-inch telescopes.  “It jumped right out at me, it was so bright,” he recalls.

Cooke believes the lunar impact might have been part of a much larger event.

“On the night of March 17, NASA and University of Western Ontario all-sky cameras picked up an unusual number of deep-penetrating meteors right here on Earth,” he says. “These fireballs were traveling along nearly identical orbits between Earth and the asteroid belt.”

“My working hypothesis is that the two events are related, and that this constitutes a short duration cluster of material encountered by the Earth-Moon system,” says Cooke.This means Earth and the Moon were pelted by meteoroids at about the same time.

 

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Posted on March 4, 2013Posted in: Meteors and asteroids, Near Earth Objects

A newly found asteroid, named 2013 EC will pass just inside the orbit of the Moon on March 4, 2013 at 07:35 UTC.  Asteroid 2013 EC is big about  8-17 meters , just about the size of the space rock that exploded over Russia on February 15, 2013.  It was discovered by the Mt. Lemmon Observatory in Arizona on March 2, 2013.    2013 EC will come within 396,000 kilometers from Earth, (246,000 miles, or around 1.0 lunar distances, 0.0026 AU), inside the orbit of the Moon. The Moon’s distance from the Earth varies between 363,104 km (225,622 miles) at perigee (closest) and 406,696 km (252,088 miles) at...
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A newly found asteroid, named 2013 EC will pass just inside the orbit of the Moon on March 4, 2013 at 07:35 UTC.  Asteroid 2013 EC is big about  8-17 meters , just about the size of the space rock that exploded over Russia on February 15, 2013.  It was discovered by the Mt. Lemmon Observatory in Arizona on March 2, 2013.

A newly found asteroid, 2013 EC can be seen in the lower left corner of the red box in this image. Screen capture from Virtual Telescope webcast on 3/3/2013.

2013 EC will come within 396,000 kilometers from Earth, (246,000 miles, or around 1.0 lunar distances, 0.0026 AU), inside the orbit of the Moon. The Moon’s distance from the Earth varies between 363,104 km (225,622 miles) at perigee (closest) and 406,696 km (252,088 miles) at apogee (most distant point). There is no danger of collision with our planet.

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ECLIPSES

Total Eclipse of the Sun

by Dr. Tony Phillips for NASA Science News
Huntsville AL (SPX)


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People from around the world are converging on the coast of northeast Australia. The attraction isn’t the Great Barrier Reef, just offshore, or the surrounding rain forests full of wildlife and exotic plants. They’re going to see a total eclipse of the sun.

On the morning of Nov. 14th (Australia time), about an hour after sunrise, the Moon will pass directly in front of the sun. Residents and visitors of the city of Cairns, also known as the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, will enjoy an early morning eclipse lasting 2 minutes with the sun only 14 degrees above the eastern horizon.

NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak has a rating scheme for natural wonders. “On a scale of 1 to 10,” he says, “total eclipses are a million.” Even the reef itself will be momentarily forgotten by onlookers as the Moon’s cool shadow sweeps across the beach and the ghostly tendrils of the solar corona surround the black lunar disk.

But there’s more to this event than tourism. Scientists are attending, too. For researchers, the brief minutes of totality offer a window into one of the deepest mysteries of solar physics: The mystery of coronal heating.

In plain language, they’d like to know why the sun’s outer atmosphere or “corona” is so hot. The surface temperature of the sun is only 6000 degrees C. Yet the corona above it is much warmer, a million degrees Celsius or even more.

To understand the physics involved, astronomers have developed instruments called coronagraphs, which block the glare of the sun to reveal the faint corona.

Three spacecraft, SOHO and the twin STEREO probes, currently monitor the solar corona using these devices. But no manmade instrument can match Earth’s natural satellite. The Moon is nature’s greatest coronagraph.

During an eclipse, “the moon reveals the innermost corona, which manmade coronagraphs have trouble seeing,” explains Shadia Habbal of the Institute for Astronomy in Hawaii.

“That is where all the magnetic field and physical processes responsible for heating the corona are evolving most rapidly.”

On Nov. 12th, Habbal will be in Palm Cove, Australia, to deliver a keynote speech at a solar physics conference sponsored in part by NASA’s Living with a Star Program. The title of her talk is “The unique scientific advantages of total solar eclipse observations.”

Two days later, Habbal and her colleagues will be inside the path of totality, monitoring the eclipse with a variety of telescopes and spectrometers at 6 different wavelengths from 2 different sites.

Astronomy professor Jay Pasachoff, chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Eclipses will be there, too. He has observed an astounding 55 solar eclipses. “The Australia eclipse will be my 56th,” he notes.

Over the years, Pasachoff and colleagues have developed techniques to photograph the corona with a clarity and resolution that coronagraphs on current spacecraft cannot match. Using these techniques, “we are learning how the wonderfully-detailed structures we see in the corona are shaped by the sun’s magnetic field,” he explains.

The shapes vary in a regular way during the sun’s 11-year sunspot cycle. “We can use this information to improve predictions of the next solar cycle.”

That’s a lot of science in two minutes of shadowy darkness.

After totality is over, the moon’s shadow will sweep out across the South Pacific Ocean, tracing a line thousands of miles long across uninhabited waters, reaching almost, but not quite, the coast of South America.

Back on the beach, scientists will be taking a first look at their data while tourists starting thinking about breakfast–and snorkeling in the reef. For all concerned, it’s a great way to begin the day.

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Related Links
NASA’s Solar Eclipse Home Page
Solar and Lunar Eclipses at Skynightly

Global Disaster Watch – March 5th, 2012

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, Off Coast Of Central America

UTC Date / Time  Mar 04 09:44AM

Depth  60 km  GEO: Longitude  -84.470

GEO  Latitude  2.630

Source  EMSC

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake, Southeast of Loyalty Islands

UTC Date / Time   Mar 04 12:49 PM

Depth 10 kmGEO: Longitude169.760GEO: Latitude-21.510

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake , Luzon,Philippines

UTC Date / Time  Mar 04 14:26 PM

Depth 152.5 km    GEO: Longitude120.625   GEO: Latitude14.254

Source
USGS

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, Southern Sumatra, Indonesia

UTC Date / Time   Mar 04 23:17 PM

Depth 10 km   GEO: Longitude 102.490 GEO: Latitude -4.500

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, Southwestern, Siberia, Russia

UTC Date / Time   Mar 04 23:33 PM

Depth 14.9 km GEO: Longitude 95.983 GEO: Latitude 51.542

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake,Northern Algeria

UTC Date / Time   Mar 05 02:45 AM

Depth  10 km GEO: Longitude  0.690 GEO: Latitude 36.520

Source
EMSCKuril Islands,

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Kuril Islands

UTC Date / Time Mar 05 03:33 AM

Depth123 km GEO: Longitude153.450 GEO:Latitude  46.250

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Southeast of Loyalty

Date / Time  Mar 05 05:14 AM

Depth 287 km GEO: Longitude 169.720

GEO: Latitude –22.130

Source
GEOFON

Solar Activity

BIG SUNSPOT: A sunspot almost four times as wide as Earth itself is rotating onto the solar disk. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded its entrance on March 2nd and 3rd; click to view a 24-hour animation:

The sunspot has a ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic field that harbors energy for strong M-class solar flares. Indeed, it has already unleashed an M3-class eruption on March 2nd that created mild waves of ionization in the atmosphere over Europe.

Earth-effects could become stronger as the sunspot turns toward our planet in the days ahead. NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of additional M-class flares and a 5% chance of an X-flare during the next 24 hours. Solar flare alerts: text,phone.

more images: from Dennis Put of Brielle, The Netherlands; from Pavol Rapavy of Observatory Rimavska Sobota, Slovakia; from Maximilian Teodorescu of Bucharest, Romania; from Jim Werle of Henderson, Nevada;

THE SUN TODAY: 4 March 2012 – ANOTHER HUGE FLARE

Solar System

The Lunar Cataclysm

http://www.astrobio.net/pressrelease/4603/the-lunar-cataclysm

Drought

Portugal prays for rain as drought adds to crisis

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/03/us-portugal-drought-idUSTRE8220EV20120303

Tornadoes

Tornadoes cut violent path across U.S. leaving trail of destruction and 37 dead

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/tornadoes-cut-violent-path-across-u-s-leaving-trail-of-destruction-and-32-dead/

Whole town ‘completely gone’ after Indiana tornado

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242398-Whole-town-completely-gone-after-Indiana-tornado

Storms Demolish Small Towns in Indiana, Kentucky; 38 Dead

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242471-Storms-Demolish-Small-Towns-in-Indiana-Kentucky-38-Dead

Volcanic Activity

The Tungurahua volcano increased its activity level at 18:30 on Saturday. According to the technicians of the Observatory of the Geophysical Institute, this is characterized by the explosive ejection of incandescent rocks with additional steam and ash. Moreover, the intensity of the bellows rose relative to those detected at 14:20 on the start of this new eruptive process.  Jorge Bustillos, a volcanologist, said the expulsion of the material reaches 500 meters above the crater and the vapor cloud 800. “The activity is Strombolian type, this is identified by the output of lava, steam and ash.”  Lookouts of the colossus said there was a fall of volcanic dust cam in communities Puela, Chonglontus and El Manzano, in Chimborazo. The cloudy nights have impeded direct observation of the giant crater.  Serafin Medina, a resident of Palictahua said that since the late bellows have been emitted from the volcano, activity at the volcano has increased. “We listen to what they say the technicians of the Geophysical Institute.” –El Comerico translated

Lights in the Sky

Green Object Reported in the Sky Over Newfoundland

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242337-Green-Object-Reported-in-the-Sky-Over-Newfoundland

Green Fireball Seen All Over Southeastern Canada

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242383-Green-Fireball-Seen-All-Over-Southeastern-Canada

Fireball seen from southern Norway and Sweden

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242443-Fireball-seen-from-southern-Norway-and-Sweden

Meteor Lights up the Sky Across England

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242478-Meteor-Lights-up-the-Sky-Across-England

Thousands Witness Spectacular Fireball Streak Over UK (VIDEO)

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242486-Thousands-Witness-Spectacular-Fireball-Streak-Over-UK-VIDEO-

Radioactivity

Tokyo Bay Radioactive Cesium Deposits Now Over 10 Inches Deep

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242464-Tokyo-Bay-Radioactive-Cesium-Deposits-Now-Over-10-Inches-Deep

Asteroids

Asteroid 2012 DA14 heads for Earth next year

Misc

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