Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Shooting Stars Ring in 2013 Tonight

2008 Quadrantid meteor shower
Image Credit: Jeremie Vaubaillon, NASA / CalTech  

Bundle up and head out tonight to watch the 2013 Quadrantid meteor shower make its annual new year trip across the night sky. The meteor shower will peak in the early hours of January 3rd, with the shower rates increasing after midnight and peaking between 3 a.m. and dawn.

Like the Geminid shower that appears in December, the Quarantids stem from an asteroid. Research suggests that this asteroid is likely a piece of a comet that fractured hundreds of years ago. The shooting stars we see tonight are fragments of the comet that soar through our atmosphere at 90,000 mph, burning up as friction against the atmospheric air particles heats the meteors to over 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Quadrantid shower gets its name from the Quadrans Muralis constellation, created by the French astronomer Jerome Lalande in 1795. Sound unfamiliar? That might be because the Quadrans Muralis is no longer recognized by astronomers. When the International Astronomical Union agreed upon a list of 88 constellations at its 1922 inaugural General Assembly in Rome, the Quadrans Muralis didn't make the cut. But, since most meteor showers are named after the constellations from which they appear to radiate, the name stuck.

Tonight, NASA expects the maximum shower rate to be about 120 per hour, but warns that the waning gibbous moon will likely wash out the fainter meteors. For the maximal stargazing experience, NASA suggests finding a viewing spot away from city lights, and allowing your eyes 30 - 45 minutes to adjust to the dark. Unlike the Geminid or Perseid meteor showers though, the peak Quadrantids only last a few hours-- tonight's the night!


Livestream of 2013 Quadrantids Meteor Shower
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Video Credit: NASA

If the cold wee hours aren't your thing-- you can also stay cozy at home and watch NASA's livestream of the shower which will begin around 6 p.m. January 2-4.

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  1. ALL THAT EVER LIVED ON EARTH WILL SOON HAVE THEIR EYES TO THE HEAVENS


    Do a little History on this one.

    ALL Should Look Up "2012 DA14".

    This could take out one of more satellites and the junk and debris from the hit could end up taking out many more satellites very soon after that. All the satellite collision probability will go way up if even one is hit. The velocity that the parts would go to would make them missiles that would start targeting a chain reaction this would not be good.

    Most all will be watching this one and pray it goes by us without a hit. Every Scientist alive will be watching this event. Many will be in Florida for a very special viewing of the once in a Lifetime Event. Professors, Scientist, World Leaders, Ham Radio Operators and Every Astronomer will have its eyes on This Event, along with almost every TV set on Earth.

    "2012 DA14" goes by Earth twice a year and there is no way anyone for sure, can tell how close the second pass will be till it passes by the Moon and Earth and the GRAVITATIONAL FORCE effect that it will have on this Asteroid.

    They may come close but this one is already coming very close to begin with. Too close this time or on its second or 3rd pass? Ad a Meteor Shower like the 13 and 14 of December of this year, it might go through or bump into one of them? Or all the other orbital debris like Spent Rocket Boosters left in space that can no longer be moved by a control center on Earth.

    If a big enough one were to slam into the moon in the night sky you would think the sun was coming up early only it would be 5 to 7 times as bright. From The Sun's Rays Reflection on all the Debris Field.

    2012 XM16, 2012 XM55, 2012 XP55, THERE ARE OVER 25 found just this year 2012 that are part of the Near Earth Object Program that will come close to Earth from now till 2012 DA14 comes.

    You do not want to know how many are on the "PLANETARY DEFENSE" list.
    The PLANETARY DEFENSE is not to protect Earth from men from Mars.
    It is for all mankind with most all Nation in on it to stop if can most all collision with EARTH from a ASTEROID IMPACT. It is if you will a AVOIDANCE SHIELD. "N.E.O.S. Near Earth Object Shield".

    If only one were to hit or IMPACT EARTH on land get ready for a winter you will never forget. The winter from 1883 -1884 KRAKATOA you will think was a little pebble, and now the stone comes.

    A Shock Wave was felt in England from a Event about 7:15 to 7:20 A.M. Siberia time in the morning in June of the year 1908 high in the sky above the Forest in the remote wilderness of Tunguska Siberia heard an explosion that laid flat more than 800 square miles of the forest with all the trees pointing away from the center of the blast with most all the trees laying on their side. Some trees that were right below the blast were still there looking like telephone poles with no bark or branches left on them. This Asteroid did not even hit the Ground and this is known by most as the TUNGUSKA EVENT. For all that lived there it was WORMWOOD Rev 8:11 the wood became full of worms and the rivers water no longer sweet and undrinkable.

    If a Meteor Shower is big enough you might think all the stars are falling from Heaven.



    About one every 100 years makes it into the Earth’s Atmosphere big enough for all to take note. Some make it to the surface the signs are all over the Planet and moon from the ones that have.


    Better to be safe then sorry.


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