America’s Great Outdoors Tumblr updates. “Acadia National Park in Maine is gorgeous at night! If you can brave the cold (and snow that the park is currently getting), winter is a great time to visit the park. From scenic winter drives and hiking to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, there is something for everyone. ” Photo of the stars over Acadia from late last week by Connor McNulty
The crew is planning a Geminid meteor shower event in December read more
Join us to watch – if we are weather challenged we will watch virtually! REGISTER HERE
Comet of Origin: 3200 Phaethon Radiant: constellation Gemini
Active: Dec. 4-17, 2013
Peak Activity: Dec. 13-14, 2014
Peak Activity Meteor Count: 120 meteors per hour
Meteor Velocity: 22 miles (35 kilometers) per second
Notes: The Geminids are typically one of the best and most reliable of the annual meteor showers. This shower is considered one of the best opportunities for younger viewers who don’t stay up late, because it gets going around 9 or 10 p.m. local time. This year, the last quarter moon will rise around midnight, making the prime time for viewing the first half of the night.
“We’re predicting 10 to 15 meteors per hour,” says Bill Cooke of the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. “For best viewing, wait until after midnight on Nov. 18, with the peak of the shower occurring just before sunrise.”
Cooke also recommends going to a location away from city lights, dressing warmly, and lie flat on your back and look straight up. No special viewing equipment needed — just your eyes.
Leonids are bits of debris from Comet Tempel-Tuttle. Every 33 years the comet visits the inner solar system and leaves a stream of dusty debris in its wake. Many of these streams have drifted across the November portion of Earth’s orbit. Whenever our planet hits one, meteors appear to be flying out of the constellation Leo.
A live viewing opportunity is available via Ustream from a telescope at Marshall Space Flight Center. The Ustream feed will be live beginning Monday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. CST here and will continue until sunrise on Tuesday Nov. 18.
Leonid Meteor Shower 2014 Event starts Mon Nov, 17 2014 8:00 PM EST
In preparation for the E-Corps own meteor observation event of the Geminids over Tailrace watch this great video of a Meteor explodes in atmosphere over South Dakota Milky Way time lapse – YouTube.
The Leonid meteor shower is this Sunday night more info here.
E-Corps and Tailrace Marina partnered to bring you a guided evening of meteor observation on
December 13, from 7:30 – 10:00 pm
We will turn to stars to watch for the splashes of light in the night sky. Only $8 person which includes cider, cookies and marina access.
What happens if it is cloudy or raining come on out and we will gather on the deck for challenging game of Camp Out or Survival and enjoy our cider, cookies and camaraderie.