Hot Tub Astronomy: Catch the Geminids Meteor Shower This Saturday
Time lapse-photo showing the Geminids over Pendleton, OR. Credit: Thomas W. Earle
December 12, 2014
Hot tub astronomers alert: see a shower from the your hot tub. What’s the best place to view the night sky? While soaking in your Hot Spring Spa, of course. And, this weekend the view will be even more spectacular.
The Geminids meteor shower happens this week, and you have a front row seat in your backyard. The spectacle will come to you while you relax and enjoy nature.
The shower results from an asteroid named 3200 Phaethon whose orbit around the sun resembles a comet’s – rock dust trails behind when it comes closest to the sun, and the Earth passes through this debris each December. Contact with our atmosphere turns some of those rocks into colorful meteors – at least 120 an hour, and sometimes 200 or more.
For best viewing, check out our 5 tips:
2. Give your eyes time to adjust to the dark – at least 20 minutes.
3. Look straight up.
5. Relax. The asteroid won’t hit us. It’s at least eight times as far away as the moon.
For more on the Geminids, see The Universe Today, a great astronomy resource for the backyard astronomer.
RES EST SERVAS VOLUPTAS as the Romans said it. Pleasure is a serious business.
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