Live Web Chats Today: Geminid Meteor Shower

Baby, it’s cold outside — but you can still enjoy the best meteor shower of the year. The 2010 Geminid meteor shower promises to be lively, with realistic viewing rates of 50-80 meteors per hour and potential peaks reaching 120 meteors per hour. Anytime between Dec. 12-16 is a valid window for Geminid-watching, but the night of Dec. 13-14 is the anticipated peak.

You have two opportunities to learn more about the Geminids from meteor experts based at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. On Monday, Dec. 13 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST, meteor experts Danielle Moser and Rhiannon Blaauw will answer your questions, then you can stay “up all night” to observe the Geminids with NASA astronomer Bill Cooke. Have the coffee ready, then join them online from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. EST as the Geminids peak in the skies over Earth.

Joining the chats is easy. Simply go to a few minutes before each of the chat start times list above. The chat module will appear at the bottom of this page. After you log in, wait for the chat module to be activated, then ask your questions. Here’s to a spectacular viewing!

False-color composite view of 2008 Geminid meteor shower is courtesy of Bill Cooke, NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center.

7 thoughts on “Live Web Chats Today: Geminid Meteor Shower”

  1. Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the house
    visions of meteors danced in our heads
    when what on our wondering eyes should appear
    88 meteors and maybe a deer

  2. can anyone tell me what was in the southeast sky this morning around 4am (mountain time), it was either a planet or a star. It was huge and seemed to be shooting off awesome colors. Can anyone help? thanks

  3. hoje a tarde havia algo no ceu, girando e parando as vezes, e de repente acelerou e sumiu. em brazil sao paulo cotia

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