Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tonight's Sky

Moon
Tonight will be a good night to go out and take a look at the night sky. You probably will not see the moon, at least not if you are in North America, because it should set soon after the sun does. The dark sky will be perfect for viewing the annual Geminid meteor shower. At around this time each year the earth passes through the remnants of the asteroid Phaethon. These pieces of space rock light up and burn as they hit the earth's atmosphere becoming shooting stars hurtling through the night sky. The show may be even more spectacular this year as space dust left in the area by the comet Wirtanen may add additional shooting stars to tonight's performance. So get outside and take a look this opportunity only comes around once a year.


12 comments:

Tara R. said...

Great detail on the full moon.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific capture of the moon! Glad I can see it through your camera as our cloud cover is so heavy it's unlikely we'll be able to view it!! I do love the detail!

Jim said...

Beautiful moon.
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Kate said...

I hope that the show is as spectacular as you describe!

Laura said...

gorgeous photo... enjoy the meteor shower... maybe I'll stay up and look for it through the trees, it is hard to see things clearly at night with the forest behind our home, but you never know:-)

WildBlack said...

Cool capture :) Now the sky is getting clearer and more stars are visible in our part of the world.

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