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5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Swims With Fishes, Meteors Fly, and Jupiter Rises

Sky-watchers this week can follow Earth’s lone natural satellite as it glides across the sky and poses with some of the most well known celestial treasures. Moon and Pisces.  After nightfall on Monday, December 9,  look for the first quarter moon to hang just below the “Circlet,” the most easily recognizable part of the constellation…

Surprise Meteor Shower this Week?

While space experts are predicting a grand performance from the annual Geminid meteor shower this week– thanks in large measure to the moon being a no show  – there may be an extra skywatching surprise. Russian astronomer Mikail Maslov has come up with computer models that are predicting a never-before-seen meteor shower peaking the same…

Exploding Clays Drive Geminids Sky Show?

Often in science, things get presented as facts, rules, and definitive statements. But part of the joy of science is that “facts” can be in flux, and rules are made to be broken. The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks each year in December, is one such rule-breaker. Unlike every other known meteor shower, the Geminids…

Geminids to Be Outshone by Big, Bright Moon

When it comes to sky shows, sometimes a lunar blessing can be a meteor’s curse. Friday night’s biggest, baddest full moon is sure to capture the hearts of many a skywatcher. But it also means this year’s Geminid meteor shower, due to peak the night of December 13-14, will be largely washed out by the…