Tuesday, January 3, 2012

MSNBC.com says to check out the wonderful winter meteor show tonight in N.East

Quadrantid meteor shower should be a great show to see tonight.   

"...Promising viewing prospects According to Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society, maximum activity this year is expected on Wednesday morning (Jan. 4) at 2:30 a.m. ET.
For those in the eastern United States, the radiant — that point in the sky from where the meteors will appear to emanate from — will be about one-third of the way up in the east-northeast sky. The farther to the north and east you go, the higher in the sky the radiant will be. To the south and west, the radiant will be lower, and the meteors will be fewer. 
Although the moon will be at a bright waxing gibbous phase, it will set by 3 a.m., leaving the sky dark for prospective meteor watchers until the first light of dawn appears at around 6 a.m.
Quadrantid meteors are described as bright and bluish with long silvery trains. Some years produce a mere handful, but for favorably placed observers, this could be a shower to remember; at greatest activity, according to Lunsford, "Eastern observers may be able to see 60-75 Quadrantids per hour." ..."

To read more and find out more viewing details - go to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45857264/ns/technology_and_science-space/

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