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From: "starwanderer.geo" <starwanderer.geo@...
Subject: [MeteorShowers] Meteor Showers in 2005 & the Quadrantids
Date: Sat, 01 Jan 2005 06:50:35 -0000
I'd like to let everyone know that the Meteor Showers in 2005 web pages
have been updated and we're ready to start another year. You can find
those pages at:
Although the meteor portions of the monthly pages are complete for all of
2005, I will be adding additional content over the next few days,
including finder charts for the planets, and charts and information about
interesting astronomical events happening in 2005, with special attention
to those events that can be observed with the unaided eye, binoculars or a
To kind of start this off, and I know this isn't really an observable
event, but you might find it interesting to know that you'll be closer to
the Sun today than on any other day this year. The Earth is at perihelion
and this means were as close to the Sun as we get all year.
The first meteor shower of 2005 will occur in just a few days.
Unfortunately the Moon will be a bit of a problem. This shower, the
Quadrantids, will peak on Jan 3 at around 12:20 UT (7:20 AM EST, 6:20 AM
CST, 5:20 AM MST and 4:20 AM PST), but in 2005 these meteors will be
competing with a 53% illuminated Moon. Some Quadrantids may be seen now
through January 6th, so anyone with clear skies can catch some Quadrantids
In years where the light of the Moon doesn't hamper observations, this
shower is one of the better ones with peak hourly rates in excess of 100
Quadrantids also present us with a bit of a mystery as it is the only
major shower whose origin is unknown.
As always, if you have any questions about astronomy, observing,
telescopes and the like, please feel free to write my at the list owner
address anytime. I know I fell way behind in answering email in 2004, in
keeping the web pages updated and getting these notices out on time and
for that I apologize to each of you. My New Year's resolution is to do all
of these things, and more, promptly in 2005.
I wish each and every one of you a Safe, Happy and Prosperous 2005.
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