Friday, October 5, 2012

What the sky has for you in days to come

From a few day ago until November 10th view the sky when it goes dark, just between midnight and dawn; look up to see the fast moving fire-balls that hail from Just North of the Orion Constellation and are rather fast moving meteors. They offer about 15 per hour and best chance to catch them is in the wee hours just before dawn.

Starting on October 7th the Draconid meteor shower begins. They are very slow moving (for a meteor) and come from the Draco constellation. They hail from approximately 3.9 light years away and should give us somewhere around 100 an hour. They are best seen in the night hour and are pretty few and far between but every so often WHAM Draco lets go of a couple hundred meteors. There will be no moon to interfere with your view so try early in the evening on the 7th and 8th!

As far as meteors go November will have about three more showers coming our way let you know a little later.

As far as other sky happenings, Jupiter’s moon Ganymede disappears into Jupiter’s shadow tonight in an eclipse and emerges around 2:31 a.m. and this is followed by Io going into an eclipse.

Now before all this, Jupiter’s great red spot – an anti-cyclonic storm that has been ravaging Jupiter’s southern hemisphere for 400 years (and you thought you had it bad in tornado alley!)

Things really heat up in the sky as we get to the end of the year, so keep you updated!

No comments:

Post a Comment