Fwd: Bright Planets and Meteors
- Space Weather News for Dec. 10, 2005
BRIGHT PLANETS.... When the sun goes down on Sunday, Dec. 11th, you've got
to go outside and look. In the south, Venus is shining at its maximum
brightness for all of 2005. (Through a telescope, Venus appears to be a
tiny crescent--very pretty.) And in the east, Mars and the Moon are having
a close encounter. Don't miss it!
...AND METEORS: The Geminid meteor shower peaks on Dec. 13th and 14th.
Unfortunately, the glaring Moon will spoil the show, wiping out all but
the brightest Geminids. There is, however, a single hour when the
Geminids might be visible in full force. Visit http://spaceweather.com
ICY BONUS: With a cold wave sweeping across the USA, filling the air with
ice and snow, people are seeing some unusual things in the sky. During
the week ahead we'll show you some of them, beginning with false auroras
and diamond dust sundogs. Check every day for a new picture.