The peak night of the 2014 Geminid meteor shower was probably last night (evening of December 13 through dawn on December 14). Can you still see Geminid meteors tonight (evening of December 14 through dawn on December 15)? Maybe! By all reports, this year’s shower is a good one! Follow the links inside to learn more about the Geminid meteor shower in 2014.
Despite warm waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, the latest update from NOAA explains why El Nino has still not fully developed.
Where do you look to see December’s famous Geminid meteor shower? Simply look in an open sky, in no particular direction. That’s because these meteors fly in many different directions and in front of numerous age-old constellations. But meteor showers do have radiant points. That is, if you trace the paths of the Geminid meteors backward, they all appear to radiate from a point in the constellation Gemini the Twins. Do you need to find Gemini to watch the shower? No, but it’s fun to spot the radiant point in the night sky. Follow the links inside to learn more about the Geminid shower, and its radiant point.
What happens when it’s so foggy outside, you can’t see anything? Simple. You grab a drone, fly it into the air and use it to capture some amazing video. Mike Prendergast posted an aerial view on top of today’s dense fog – December 9, 2014 – in Dallas, Texas. The footage is incredible. Check it out above!
Longtime EarthSky friend Jack Fusco dropped us a note earlier today. He wrote of his newest time-lapse video, which he has titled Chasing Starlight. It explores the dark skies of Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada.
Every so often, the International Space Station (ISS) becomes visible in your night sky. It’ll look like a bright star moving quickly above the horizon. The ISS is so bright, it can even been seen from the center of a city. Here’s how you can spot the ISS in your night sky.
Glacier melt means rats can reach bird nests on South Georgia, an island north of Antarctica and east of the Falklands. What to do? Send in helicopters!
Here, the 976-kilometer-wide / 606-mile-wide main belt asteroid / protoplanet / dwarf planet 1 Ceres is seen by the approaching Dawn spacecraft from a distance of 1.2 million kilometers / 745,000 miles, on December 1, 2014. Dawn begins its approach phase toward Ceres on December 26 and will arrive at Ceres in March, 2015.
Flying silently and smoothly through the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, the Dawn spacecraft emits a blue-green beam of high velocity xenon ions. On the opposite side of the sun from Earth, firing its uniquely efficient ion propulsion system, the distant adventurer is continuing to make good progress on its long trek from the giant protoplanet Vesta to dwarf planet Ceres. Let’s look ahead to some upcoming activities …