Creating Waves of Awareness
Geminid Meteor Shower December 12-14, 2012
If you are an amateur astronomer, you can count the number of shooting stars and send in via
a mobile device application.
The Geminid meteor shower is expected to yield in excess of 50 meteors ★ shooting stars ★ per hour @universetoday on Twitter #MeteorWatch
The Perseids are considered the best meteor shower of the year by many, but with the full moon washing out all but the brightest meteors, rates will probably only be 20-30 per hour at most -- weather permitting. The Perseids rate in the southern hemisphere is quite a bit lower, since the Perseid radiant doesn't climb above the horizon.
Make plans to chat with NASA astronomer Bill Cooke and his team from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center as they answer your questions about the Perseids via live Web chat. Join them on Friday, Aug. 12 at 11 p.m. EDT -- 03:00 UTC GMT -- then make plans to stay "up all night" until 5:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Joining the chat is easy. Simply return to this chat page a few minutes before 11 p.m. EDT on
Friday, Aug. 12. The chat module will appear at the bottom of this page. Simply type your name to join the chat, then we'll start taking your questions at 11 p.m. EDT.