While I knew the peak hours were supposed to be between midnight and 4 a.m., the eastern sky was totally dark by 6:30 p.m. so I headed to the unheated upstairs bedroom and looked out the east-facing windows. Yep. Castor and Pollax (the twins) were just visible through bare tree branches. (I shivered. The room was only 48F and much colder by the window.) The meteors should radiate from that point in the sky. Maybe I could come back later, before bed, and check things out. Yep. Later. (Brrr. I could practically see my breath, it was so cold.) Just as I was turning away from the window a whopper of a shooting star streaked across the sky. WOW!
|Nest - morning after|
I watched for over an hour, got terribly stiff, went back downstairs for hot tea and a stretch, then came back. While they'd forecasted a peak show after midnight, I enjoyed quite a few (How many? I didn't count or take pics - I was there just to enjoy.) very showy meteors. Far more than I've ever seen at one sitting in my day.
Near midnight the show slowed down. So much so that I couldn't keep awake, so, I headed downstairs and went to bed. I don't know if the 'peak' show was up to predictions or not.
|2012 Geminids meteor shower - pic from the web|
There will still be some shooting stars to see tonight as the earth moves past the debris field, so if you didn't see any last night, you might get lucky this evening. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.