Akanksha Gogi

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7764718410 ed3d1d9369 m Geminid Meteor Shower December 2012It’s the time of a tremendous meteor shower on December 13, 2012. My science teacher has been talking about it since the subject of astronomy was coincidentally introduced to the class. I’ve never seen a shooting star so this is a blast and an opportunity I do not want to miss.

Unfortunately, it’s been a little cloudy where I live but there’s nothing wrong with hoping. But for all those other humans out there, stay up late to watch this amazing meteor shower that will last hours!

About Meteors

I find meteors, meteoroids, asteroids, and meteorites weird. For those of you who haven’t had the vast amount of knowledge as I do, they are almost the same things. An asteroid orbits in space with it’s other asteroid buddies. But sometimes, the asteroid gets lost and gets too close to Earth turning into a meteoroid. When it enters our atmosphere and becomes a streak of light, it turns into a meteor and that’s what we see appear as a meteor shower. The streak of light is just it’s heat increasing but to us, it’s something more magical. People define meteors as “shooting stars” because they look like a star soaring through outer space. If this were to actually happen, a lot of planets would be confused and our whole universe would be messed up. As much as we want to make a wish on a falling meteoroid, it’s not likely the wish will come true. Hard truth that most people know but don’t want to believe.

When the meteor finally lands on the Earth’s surface, it’s now a meteorite. That’s right, it’s a meteorite. (I just wanted to rhyme.) There are interesting people around this world that, instead of chasing storms, chase meteorites. Fascinating, isn’t it all? When there’s a meteorite, within an hour or so, there are already a bunch of people people going for it; literally taking pieces in needs to find precious minerals or maybe even life (plant life, etc.)

For more information about the shower you can check out Christopher MacManus’s lovely article and Lerry Sessions’s detailed work of art.

One of you, you know who you are, wanted an image of how a meteor shower looks like. No, it doesn’t looks like rain falling from the sky but it is pretty close.
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It’s just little streaks of light falling from the top of the sky to the bottom. I’m saying too much considering I’ve never seen one in my life. Only images and videos have been set into this mind.

It’s a little hard to see those streaks but I promise you that it will be noticeable out in the real world. There are plenty of time lapsed videos of the Orionid Meteor Shower on YouTube. That should give you the idea of what to look for. As long as it’s not a cloudy day.

 

First Image Credit: LJ Mears

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6 Responses to “Geminid Meteor Shower December 2012”

  1. Larry Sessions Says:

    Thank you but to be fair the art work is the product of the fine folks at EarthSky. I only wrote the original article.

  2. Tovah Kersner Says:

    Nice! I think I saw what you call a Meteorite where I live. I certainly wouldn’t like to be the on the receiving end of it!! Would you post a picture showing us what one looks like flying through the sky? I think I’ve also seen something like orbs too. I took a video of them on my telephone I’ll see if I can upload the vid for you to look at.

  3. Akanksha Gogi Says:

    I consider your article the work of art.

  4. Tovah Kersner Says:

    Thank you. If meteors only come in showers then that is not what I saw. Maybe a comet? It looked more like an aeroplane coming into land. I’ll take a look at the You tube as you suggested.

  5. Larry Sessions Says:

    {:^)
    Meteors do not only come in showers, adn in fact the term “Shower” is misleading. The average time between meteors in “showers” can be anything between several seconds to an hour. Of course, a few occasionally are seen at exact the same moment, but usually not the rapid-fire or drops in a rain shower.

  6. Michael Flaherty Says:

    I saw some big ones in Baja recently. But that Leonid meteor storm of Nov. 2001 is one I’ll never forget. The night sky literally exploded.

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