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Showing posts with label meteor shower. Show all posts
Showing posts with label meteor shower. Show all posts



ooh can't wait!! Especially after discovering a new viewing area this weekend!
October 7, 2012 Draconids
The radiant point for the Draconid meteor shower almost coincides with the head of the constellation Draco the Dragon in the northern sky. That’s why the Draconids are best viewed from the Northern Hemisphere. The Draconid shower is a real oddity, in that the radiant point stands highest in the sky as darkness falls. Unlike many meteor showers, the Draconids are more likely to fly in the evening hours than in the morning hours after midnight. This shower is usually a sleeper, producing only a handful of languid meteors per hour in most years. But watch out if the Dragon awakes! In rare instances, fiery Draco has been known to spew forth many hundreds of meteors in a single hour. With no moon to interfere during the evening hours, try watching at nightfall and early evening on October 7 and 8.


Perseid Meteor Shower 2012

What an amazing, fantastic and beautiful world we live in! Watched a couple of hours of the meteor shower. Mind you I didn't have to leave my house, our alley way in the back is a perfect viewing spot, no trees in the way and completely dark. My mum, brother and I, and our kitty Saaya who hates being alone, lay on the ground over a blanket and lots of pillows, looked up and saw a fantastic show of bright meteors flying across the sky. Midnight to 2am, although 2am to dawn is the best viewing time. We saw almost 1 every 6-7 minutes. It was just magical. That being said I have to work tomorrow so goodnight to all, and if you do get a chance, check out the meteor shower tomorrow night, I will be up most of the night as I have a late workday on Monday. It's worth watching and comes only once a year... And please take a moment to reflect. Life is beautiful, given all the adversities we face, we still have so much more than many people in this world. Be thankful.


It's been a long long time! Sorry I've been away, work is life and life is work these days but I promise to make more time :D. Exciting Sky News! The Delta Aquarids followed by my favorite---Perseids!!
The Delta Aquarids ramble along steadily in late July and early August every year---  If you are looking for a peak date, try around July 28 and 29.

The really big meteor event of any Northern Hemisphere summer is always the Perseid meteor shower. It’s reliable, and rich with meteors that fall in many colors. The Perseids will peak on the mornings – not the evenings – of August 12 and 13 in 2012. These typically fast and bright meteors radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero. You don’t need to know Perseus to watch the shower because the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. The Perseids are considered by many people to be the year’s best shower, and often peak at 50 or more meteors per hour in a dark sky.  Starting at mid to late evening on the nights of August 11/12 and 12/13, watch for the Perseid meteors to streak across this short summer night from late night until dawn, with only a little interference from the waning crescent moon.



It's almost that time again. Coming up soon are the Lyrids. These swift and bright meteors often produce luminous trains of dust that can be observed for sevral seconds. April 21-22, I'll keep you posted.

The universe is vast, astonishing and frankly a little terrifying..the earth is but a spec in this unmeasurable macrocosm. Enjoy these interesting facts:

There are bends and curves in the sky?
 As Einstein postulated, matter bends space, the way a heavy weight in a bed will warp the mattress. Light traveling though empty space will move in a straight line, but if matter is warping space, light will travel along the bent space as well. Imagine light from a distant galaxy is on its way to us. But between this galaxy and us is some large mass, like a clump of dark matter. The light from the galaxy will bend around the matter, and when it gets to us it will be slightly distorted, just as if the light has passed through a lens. This process, in fact, is called gravitational lensing

SuperFluid Water? What how?
Astronomers have discovered an extremely hot, steamy world with far more water than Earth, which they are calling a completely new type of planet.The high temperatures and high pressures would form exotic materials like 'hot ice' or 'superfluid water', substances that are completely alien to our everyday experience," said Zachory Berta, the lead author of the study, in a statement.

New planet discovered to be most similar to earth! 2011
New planet discovery excites scientists: the discovery of a new planet 600 light years away with roughly the right temperature for plant and animal habitation is causing a buzz in the science community. Though much larger than Earth, scientists haven't ruled out the possibility of life being discovered.

And lastly....one of the scariest and fascinating things out there for me....the black hole.... This link is a must must must read!!! http://www.crystalinks.com/black_holes.html

Catch you all later !


The very last major meteor shower of this year will peak on the night of December 13-14th! This is one of the most consistent annual meteor showers of the year producing more than 60 meteors - including fireballs - per hour at its peak. The Geminids are not to be missed!

If you are going to watch a meteor shower, here is my advice - as I've chosen the wrong viewing partner in the recent past. I actually enjoy watching it by myself as I don't know anyone who will appreciate even having been able to see one meteor all night. It is a wonderous and beautiful act of the cosmos and I love every second of it, so choose your veiwing partner carefully :)

And for all my Ismaili brothers and sisters, Khushiali Mubarak and what a perfect time for the sky to deliver us a few cosmic gifts to celebrate!

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