A Good Night for Sky Watching

From SpaceWeather.com:

BIGGEST FULL MOON OF THE YEAR: Tonight’s full Moon is the biggest of the year, as much as 14% wider and 30% brighter than lesser Moons earlier in 2008. An astronomer would say this is a “perigee Moon” because it occurs at perigee, the side of the Moon’s elliptical orbit closest to Earth. Go outside tonight and soak up some moonlight. There’s plenty of it: full story.

and….

GEMINID METEOR SHOWER: The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks on Dec. 13th and Dec. 14th when Earth passes through a stream of debris from extinct comet 3200 Phaethon. Bright moonlight will reduce the number of visible meteors from the usual 100/hr to only 20/hr or so. That’s still a nice show. For best results, watch the sky starting 10 pm local time on Saturday night (Dec 13th) until dawn on Sunday morning (Dec. 14th). [live updates]

It’s been awfully cold around here but if your back yard is warm enough or you and the kids are tough enough, it could make for a magical night.  To up the kid appeal, you can add hot cocoa to keep warm.  🙂

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2 thoughts on “A Good Night for Sky Watching

  1. When Oliver awoke to nurse in the middle of the night, I was in awe at how brightly lite our house still was! Very neat.

    I may keep the older boys up to see some meteors tonight, they would love it!

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