Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year: Make a wish on a shooting star


This is off topic, but since everyone else always tells me how they see shooting stars and I always miss them, I thought I'd share this opportunity for you to go star gazing during this upcoming light show that peaks on Jan. 3.

The Quadrantids meteor shower promises to treat viewers to a shooting star display that should be visible under clear night skies in the early morning hours of Jan. 3.

(And for those in my neck of the woods who don’t choose to brave the cold, the light show will be streaming live on NASA’s website).

Those who do brave the cold might see up to 40 meteors per hour, although moonlight will make faint meteors harder to spot.

The show starts as Earth passes through the debris field of the comet. The fragments will enter Earth’s atmosphere at a zippy 90,000 miles an hour and burn up to 50 miles above the surface of our planet.

Happy viewing!

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And I quote...

"[L]et us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their valor, and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died."
--Ronald Reagan at Pointe du Hoc, 1984