It’s a many smashing time of a year — for spotting a Geminid meteor! The 2014 Geminid meteor showering is foresee to be a sharp-witted meteor showering with good views in a skies over Earth. The week of Dec. 8 is a good window for Geminid-watching, though a night of Dec. 13-14 is a approaching peak. Best observation will be in dim sky locations, divided from city lights.
Geminids are pieces of waste from an intent called 3200 Phaethon. Long suspicion to be an asteroid, Phaethon is now personal as an archaic comet. Basically it is a hilly skeleton of a comet that mislaid a ice after too many tighten encounters with a sun. Earth runs into a tide of waste from 3200 Phaethon each year in mid-December, causing meteors to fly from a constellation Gemini. When a Geminids initial seemed in a early 19th century, shortly before a U.S. Civil War, a showering was diseased and captivated small attention. There was no spirit that it would ever turn a vital display.
On Dec. 13, Cooke and a group of astronomers from Marshall Space Flight Center will horde an overnight NASA web discuss from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. CDT, responding questions about a Geminid meteor shower. The Geminids are approaching to rise only before emergence on Dec. 14, with a likely rise rate of 100 to 120 meteors per hour.
To join a webchat on Dec. 13, record into a discuss page at: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/geminids_2014.html
A few mins before a chat, a discuss window will be active during a bottom of a page.
In addition, a Ustream feed from a telescope during Marshall will be available: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc