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Defiant Harvard Chief Astronomer: “Alien UFO Near Jupiter – Prove Me Wrong!”

  • Harvard’s top astronomer says an alien ship may be among us – and he doesn’t care what his colleagues think
    by , The Washington Post, via https://www.seattletimes.com/
    Since publishing his controversial paper, Avi Loeb has run a nearly nonstop media circuit, embracing the celebrity that comes from being perhaps the most academically distinguished E.T. enthusiast of his time. This has some of his peers grumbling.

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Before he started the whole alien spaceship thing last year, the chairman of Harvard University’s astronomy department was known for public lectures on modesty. Personal modesty, which Avi Loeb said he learned growing up on a farm. And what Loeb calls “cosmic modesty” — the idea that it’s arrogant to assume we are alone in the universe, or even a particularly special species.

    You can find a poster for one of these lectures in Loeb’s office today, though it’s a bit lost among the clutter: photos of Loeb posing under the dome of Harvard’s enormous 19th-century telescope; thank-you notes from elementary-school children; a framed interview he gave the New York Times in 2014; his books on the formation of galaxies; his face, again and again — a bespectacled man in his mid-50s with a perpetually satisfied smile.

    Loeb stands beside his desk on the first morning of spring courses in a creaseless suit, stapling syllabi for his afternoon class. He points visitors to this and that on the wall. He mentions that four TV crews were in this office on the day in the fall when his spaceship theory went viral, and now five film companies are interested in making a movie about his life.

    read more.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/829060/alien-UFO-rings-of-Saturn-Nasa-norman-bergrun

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/703387/Former-NASA-whistleblower-s-shock-claim-space-agency-hid-PROOF-of-UFOs-orbiting-Saturn

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February 12, 2019 Posted by | Science & Technology | , , , , | 1 Comment

SOMETHING Is Shadowing Earth & Moving Around In Space..

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New Image of the Black Hole Area in the Galactic Core

  • Anton Petrov Published on Jan 28, 2019
    Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about a recent announcement of a new image of the area near a supermassive blackhole at the center of our galaxy – Sagittarius A*

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January 31, 2019 Posted by | Science & Technology | | Leave a comment

Black Holes Could Open Portals for Hyperspace Travel

  • RT America Published on Jan 17, 2019
    Previously, scientists have always thought that any spacecraft attempting to enter a black hole would be quickly vaporized by the black hole’s heat and density. But now, researchers from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth are saying their work shows that all black holes are not the same, and some could be used by a spacecraft to travel to another part of the universe…or even a different dimension. The Resident discusses.

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January 19, 2019 Posted by | Science & Technology | | Leave a comment

Something Big Crashed into Uranus Which Made the Planet Lopsided

  • nemesis maturity Published on Dec 26, 2018
    Uranus is a lopsided oddity, the only planet to spin on its side. Scientists now think they know how it got that way: It was pushed over by a rock at least twice as big as Earth. Detailed computer simulations show that an enormous rock crashed into the seventh planet from the sun, said Durham University astronomy researcher Jacob Kegerreis, who presented his analysis at a large earth and space science conference this month. Uranus is unique in the solar system. The massive planet tilts about 90 degrees on its side, as do its five largest moons. Its magnetic field is also lopsided and doesn’t go out the poles like ours does, said NASA chief scientist Jim Green.

    It also is the only planet that doesn’t have its interior heat escape from the core. It has rings like Saturn, albeit faint ones. “It’s very strange,” said Carnegie Institution planetary scientist Scott Sheppard, who wasn’t part of the research. The computer simulations show that the collision and reshaping of Uranus—maybe enveloping some or all of the rock that hit it—happened in a matter of hours, Kegerreis said. He produced an animation showing the violent crash and its aftermath. It’s also possible that the big object that knocked over Uranus is still lurking in the solar system too far for us to see, said Green. It would explain some of the orbits of the planet and fit with a theory that a missing planet X is circling the sun well beyond Pluto, he said. phys.org Read more at:


    https://phys.org/news/2018-12-big-spa…
    https://phys.org/news/2018-07-catacly…

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December 29, 2018 Posted by | Science & Technology | | Leave a comment

Ursid Meteor Shower 2018 – Eyes On The Skies

  • nemesis maturity Published on Dec 17, 2018
    The Ursid meteor shower will peak in the early morning on Dec. 22, 2018, providing a shooting star show to skywatchers up before sunrise. The Ursids, radiating from Ursa Minor, the Little Dipper. Meteors will appear to be streaming out from the radiant, but they can show up all across the sky. In 2018, the peak of the Ursid shower on the morning of December 22 has to contend with harsh glare of the first December solstice full moon since 2010. The best time to view the Ursids will be the predawn hours, when the full moon is not obtruding on the show. They may be active on December 23rd and 24th too. Generally, the Ursids are a low-key affair, offering perhaps as many as 5-10 meteors per hour in a dark sky. In rare instances, bursts of 100 or more meteors per hour have been observed at times over the past century. The Ursids are associated with comet 8P/Tuttle, which was discovered in 1790 and then re-discovered by Horace Tuttle in 1858. The Ursids occur when Earth passes through the trail of dust and debris left along the comet’s orbit.
    https://earthsky.org/tonight/ursid-me…

    The shower itself was first recorded in England in 1900, and also spotted in Germany in the decades following. You need only clear dark skies and just your eyes to see meteor showers.

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December 18, 2018 Posted by | Science & Technology | , | Comments Off on Ursid Meteor Shower 2018 – Eyes On The Skies

Geminids 2018: Why Geminid Meteor Shower Will Be DIFFERENT And More SPECTACULAR Than Ever

  • Geminids 2018: Why Geminid Meteor Shower Will Be DIFFERENT And More SPECTACULAR Than Ever
    by AMALIE HENDEN, https://www.express.co.uk/
    THE Geminids is one of the most dependable meteor showers in the world and is due to peak tonight, giving eager stargazers a chance to watch a spectacular show unfold in the night sky. But why is the Geminid shower different this year?

    The 2018 Geminids will be visible for eager skywatchers tonight, with its peak time expected in the early hours of Friday, December 14. But unlike other meteor displays, the Geminid meteor shower run throughout the night so you will be able to watch the falling stars from sunset on Thursday night. The Geminids will be the last of 2018’s major showers and is expected to put on its best show ever.

    Why is the Geminid shower different and more spectacular this year?
    The Geminids is expected to be more spectacular in 2018 than previous years because it is thought the meteor shower intensifies every year. NASA astronomer Bill Cooke told USA Today the Geminid meteor shower used to peak at just 30 meteors per hour. But Jupiter’s gravity has brought the shower closer to our planet, increasing the rate of shooting stars with up to 100 meteors per hour.

    The Geminid meteor shower will be visible all over the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere down to where it remains light around the clock.

    read more.

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December 14, 2018 Posted by | Science & Technology | , | Comments Off on Geminids 2018: Why Geminid Meteor Shower Will Be DIFFERENT And More SPECTACULAR Than Ever

Comet 46P/Wirtanen and Geminid Meteor Shower Join Forces for Super Sky Show

  • nemesis maturity Published on Dec 13, 2018
    Comet’s historic flyby and one of the best displays of “shooting stars” could make for some epic nights of skywatching. Head for dark, clear skies tonight — overnight Dec. 13-14 — to see the shooting stars of the Geminid meteor shower overhead. The shower is likely to be the best meteor shower of 2018, and it will be visible in both hemispheres.
    https://www.space.com/42696-geminid-m…

    “With the moon setting just before midnight, conditions should be perfect for a classic Geminids meteor shower this year,” Slooh astronomer Paul Cox said in a statement. But this year brings a skywatching bonus: the peak of the Geminids comes Thursday and Friday night, just as the brightest comet of the year, 46P/Wirtanen, is set to come historically close just a few nights later on Dec. 16.
    https://www.cnet.com/news/geminid-met…

    The radiant of the Geminid meteor shower is not very far from approaching Comet 46P/Wirtanen. Their respective constellations, Gemini and Taurus, are next door neighbors. That means comet photographers can expect to catch some Geminids in their exposures. Experienced observers report that Comet 46P/Wirtanen is now about as bright as a 5th magnitude star. Stars of that magnitude are visible to the unaided eye, but unlike a star, which concentrates its luminosity in a point, the comet’s brightness is spread out over an area twice as wide as a full Moon. This makes it difficult to see naked-eye, but an easy target for digital cameras on tripods. would you like to photograph the comet and the meteor shower at the same time? It can be done during the hours before midnight when Gemini and Taurus are hanging together in the southeastern sky.
    http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?v…

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December 14, 2018 Posted by | Science & Technology | , , | Comments Off on Comet 46P/Wirtanen and Geminid Meteor Shower Join Forces for Super Sky Show

Star Attraction: How to Catch the Biggest Meteor Shower of the Year

  • Star Attraction: How to Catch the Biggest Meteor Shower of the Year
    by https://www.rt.com/
    The biggest meteor shower of the year takes place this month, providing us with an amazing spectacle in the night skies. RT has all the information you need to enjoy the celestial show.

    The Geminids is an annual meteor shower that takes place in December, when the Earth passes through a mass of dusty debris that burns up in our atmosphere. This results in a spectacular light show that looks as though hundreds of shooting stars are flying through the sky. The Geminids contain more mass than any other meteor shower and can include colors such as red, blue and yellow.

    The dust debris comes from 3200 Phaethon, a strange rocky object that is referred to as an asteroid but which could be an extinct comet – scientists aren’t sure. Meteor showers tend to originate from comets, making the Geminids all the more unique.

    So, how can you watch this amazing show?
    The Geminids start on December 4 and peak on December 13, 14 or 15, depending on what time zone you are watching from.

    NASA recommends heading outside after 10:30pm, or when the moon has set, and finding the darkest possible spot to watch from. Those living in rural areas will be able to see the show more clearly than those in urban areas, so city dwellers keen to catch the event should consider a trip out of town.

    read more.

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December 11, 2018 Posted by | Science & Technology | , | Comments Off on Star Attraction: How to Catch the Biggest Meteor Shower of the Year

Geminid Meteor Shower – Shooting Stars in Spectacular Display

  • nemesis maturity Published on Dec 9, 2018
    Geminid Meteor Shower – Get Ready For A Spectacular Cosmic Show December 12 up to 14, 2018 – are expected to be the best nights for watching the annual Geminid meteor. The peak night will probably be the night of December 13 (morning of December 14), but the night of December 12 (morning of December 13) might be good, too. Just know that – although this is one shower you can successfully watch in the (late) evening – the best viewing hours are typically around 2 a.m., no matter where you are on Earth. In 2018, the waxing crescent moon won’t be a hindrance because it’ll set in the evening. That means a dark sky from late evening till dawn for the 2018 Gemini meteor shower. earthsky.org Read more here: https://earthsky.org/tonight/december…

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December 10, 2018 Posted by | Science & Technology | , | Comments Off on Geminid Meteor Shower – Shooting Stars in Spectacular Display

Comet 46P/Wirtanen will Fly By Earth at More than 21,000 mph Next Week

  • nemesis maturity Published on Dec 7, 2018
    Comet 46P/Wirtanen is approaching Earth for an historic close encounter on Dec. 16th. The comet’s green atmosphere is already twice the size of a full Moon and growing larger, making it an easy target for binoculars and small telescopes. http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?v…

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December 8, 2018 Posted by | Economics | | Comments Off on Comet 46P/Wirtanen will Fly By Earth at More than 21,000 mph Next Week

Massive ‘Hole’ in the Sun’s Atmosphere to Blast Earth with Storms this Weekend

  • nemesis maturity Published on Dec 6, 2018
    Solar radiation sent firing into space after a huge hole ripped open in the Sun is expected to blast Earth this weekend. Hot plasma, which spewed from the Sun leaving the monster hole in the Sun’s upper atmosphere, will hurtle towards Earth at 1 and a half million miles per hour. The hole is so large it almost completely bisects the solar disk, stretching more than a million km across the sun’s equator. We’ve seen this hole before. It has been spinning around with the sun, lashing Earth with solar wind approximately once a month since September. Last month, the lashing commenced on Nov. 9th, lasted for two days, and caused sharp tremors in the geomagnetic field. Solar winds blowing faster than 600 km/s sparked an explosion of Phoenix-shaped auroras over Norway. Solar wind flowing from this hole will return on Dec. 8th or 9th. Sky watchers, especially around the Arctic Circle should remain alert for visual aurora.
    http://spaceweather.com/

    NEW SUNSPOT
    Breaking a string of 9 spotless days, a new sunspot group is emerging near the sun’s equator. Only 24 hours ago it was invisible. Now the sunspot contains almost a dozen dark cores and sprawls across more than 75,000 km of the solar surface. It is currently producing minor B-Class solar flares. Although noteworthy solar flares are not expected, the sunspot should be monitored during the next 24 hours.

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December 7, 2018 Posted by | Science & Technology | | Comments Off on Massive ‘Hole’ in the Sun’s Atmosphere to Blast Earth with Storms this Weekend

SKY FIREWORKS: How to Watch the Geminids Meteor Shower in the UK?

Revelation 12 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.
Satan Thrown Out of Heaven
7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them[a] in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

  • The Geminids meteor shower coincide perfectly with the Sigma Hydrids meteor shower out of Hydra the Serpent constellation. The Hydra constellation is the largest constellation. If there is a serpent with a tail long enough to sweep one third of the “stars” down to earth, this is easily the one. Will it be this year that biblical prophecy is fulfilled? Your guess as good as mind. No one knows.
  • SKY FIREWORKS: How to Watch the Geminids Meteor Shower in the UK?
    by Felix Allen, https://www.thesun.co.uk/
    One of the best meteor showers of the year is about to get under way – and stargazers can’t wait.

    Up to 120 shooting stars every hour will streak brightly across the sky at the peak of the Geminids shower. Here’s how to watch.

    The Geminids meteor shower hits the Earth at the same time every year, beginning around December 4. In 2018 the peak – and therefore the best time to watch – will be on the night of December 13-14.  Nasa says it is one of the best and most reliable displays of shooting stars in the astronomical year. Meteors are very bright with trails that last long enough for a clear view. And they occur often, up to two a minute in the best conditions away from light pollution.

    The peak lasts for about 24 hours, giving everyone a chance to watch wherever they are on the planet. Flashes appear to come from the constellation Gemini, hence the name, but in fact have nothing to do with those stars which are many light years away. They are caused by dust particles burning up in the high atmosphere at 22 miles per second, creating a spectacular light show for us on the surface.

    It happens every December as the Earth orbits through a debris cloud left by a giant space rock called Asteroid 3200 Phaethon. The phenomenon has baffled astronomers as most meteor showers are from comets, not asteroids, and the Geminids are relatively recent. They were fist observed only in 1862, and have got more intense in recent decades – perhaps because a chunk of the 3.6-mile-wide asteroid was carved off.

    read more.

  • Sigma Hydrids Meteor Shower – Hydra Constellation
    by https://www.universeguide.com/
    The Sigma Hydrids meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of Hydrus. The meteor shower occurs between Dec 03 – Dec 15 with the peak occurring on the Dec 12 every year.

    The Solar Longitude (Abbrev: S.L., λ ☉) is 252.9 degrees, this value is the the date of maximum activity. It is measured as a degree with zero degree indicating spring equinox (roughly March 21st/22nd). 90 is the Summer Solstice, 180 is the Autumn Equinox and 270 is the Winter Solstice. This degree is independent of the calender. AMS .

    Hydra the constellation associated with this meteor Shower is the biggest constellation in the sky. It represents in one legend the monster that Hercules slayed. Even though the constellation is big, the meteor shower on the other hand is very faint and not spectacular. Given the faintness and there not being many meteors in the shower, it could be assumed that the source of the material for this is a long-period comet and that what we hit is the last remaining remnants of its tail that has not yet burnt up.

    The closest star to the radiant point of the meteor shower is Minchir. The coordinates can also be determined by the Right Ascension (123.2) and the Declination (3).

    The Zenith Hourly Rate or how many you expect to see during the hour is 3. The ZHR can radically increase if the comet or associated object is close by. The speed/velocity of the Meteor Shower particles is 59 km/s. The population index of the meteor shower is 3. The population index refers to the magnitude distribution of the meteorites, the smaller the index, the brighter the meteors are, the higher, the dimmer the meteors are. For this particular meteor shower, bright meteors are more frequent.

    read more.
  • Hydra (constellation)
    by https://en.wikipedia.org/
    Hydra is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, measuring 1303 square degrees. Also one of the longest at over 100 degrees, its southern end abuts Libra and Centaurus and its northern end borders Cancer.[1] It has a long history, having been included among the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy. It is commonly represented as a water snake. It should not be confused with the similarly named constellation of Hydrus.

    The Greek constellation of Hydra is an adaptation of a Babylonian constellation: the MUL.APIN includes a “serpent” constellation (MUL.DINGIR.MUŠ) that loosely corresponds to Hydra. It is one of two Babylonian “serpent” constellations (the other being the origin of the Greek Serpens), a mythological hybrid of serpent, lion and bird.[2]

    The shape of Hydra resembles a twisting snake, and features as such in some Greek myths. One myth associates it with a water snake that a crow served Apollo in a cup when it was sent to fetch water; Apollo saw through the fraud, and angrily cast the crow, cup, and snake, into the sky. It is also associated with the monster Hydra, with its many heads, killed by Hercules, represented in another constellation.[3]According to legend, if one of the hydra’s heads was cut off, two more would grow in its place. However, Hercules burned out the roots of the heads he severed to prevent them from growing again, and thus overcame the hydra.[4]

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December 6, 2018 Posted by | Science & Technology | , | Comments Off on SKY FIREWORKS: How to Watch the Geminids Meteor Shower in the UK?

The Biggest Meteor Shower of the Year is about to Happen

  • The Geminids meteor shower coincide perfectly with the Sigma Hydrids meteor shower out of Hydra the Serpent constellation. The Hydra constellation is the largest/longest constellation. If there is a serpent with a tail long enough to sweep one third of the “stars” down to earth, this is easily the one. Will it be this year that biblical prophecy is fulfilled? Your guess as good as mind. No one knows.
  • The Biggest Meteor Shower of the Year is about to Happen
    by , https://www.bhg.com.au/
    Up to 120 shooting stars an hour.
    Professor Alan Duffy, an astronomer at Swinburne University in Melbourne and lead scientist for the Royal Institute of Australia, has told Australian Geographic that on December 14, 2018, the biggest meteor shower of the year will be visible from earth, and revellers can expect to see up to 120 shooting stars an hour at its peak.

    The Geminids meteor shower will light up the skies with an arresting lightshow of shooting stars when the earth passes through a cloud of debris from parent asteroid, 3200 Phaethon.

    The Geminids meteor shower is a relatively new addition to the astro-scene, having only first been spotted 150 years ago, while other meteor showers such as Perseids and the Lyrids have been happening for thousands of years.

    Due to other events that have taken place in space, the Geminids’ orbit is now moving closer to earth each year, which is why it has become more visible. Although, there’s no real threat that the meteor shower will collide with earth.

    When can you see the meteor shower?
    For Australians, the best way to catch a glimpse of the shower is to start watching the skies at 11:30pm AEST on Friday the 14th of December, 10:30pm for Queensland and 8pm in Western Australia.

  • Sigma Hydrids Meteor Shower – Hydra Constellation
    by https://www.universeguide.com/
    The Sigma Hydrids meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of Hydrus. The meteor shower occurs between Dec 03 – Dec 15 with the peak occuring on the Dec 12 every year.

    The Solar Longitude (Abbrev: S.L., λ ☉) is 252.9 degrees, this value is the the date of maximum activity. It is measured as a degree with zero degree indicating spring equinox (roughly March 21st/22nd). 90 is the Summer Solstice, 180 is the Autumn Equinox and 270 is the Winter Solstice. This degree is independent of the calender. AMS .

    Hydra the constellation associated with this meteor Shower is the biggest constellation in the sky. It represents in one legend the monster that Hercules slayed. Even though the constellation is big, the meteor shower on the other hand is very faint and not spectacular. Given the faintness and there not being many meteors in the shower, it could be assumed that the source of the material for this is a long-period comet and that what we hit is the last remaining remnants of its tail that has not yet burnt up.

    The closest star to the radiant point of the meteor shower is Minchir. The coordinates can also be determined by the Right Ascension (123.2) and the Declination (3).

    The Zenith Hourly Rate or how many you expect to see during the hour is 3. The ZHR can radically increase if the comet or associated object is close by. The speed/velocity of the Meteor Shower particles is 59 km/s. The population index of the meteor shower is 3. The population index refers to the magnitude distribution of the meteorites, the smaller the index, the brighter the meteors are, the higher, the dimmer the meteors are. For this particular meteor shower, bright meteors are more frequent.

    read more.
  • Hydra (constellation)
    by https://en.wikipedia.org/
    Hydra is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, measuring 1303 square degrees. Also one of the longest at over 100 degrees, its southern end abuts Libra and Centaurus and its northern end borders Cancer.[1] It has a long history, having been included among the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy. It is commonly represented as a water snake. It should not be confused with the similarly named constellation of Hydrus.

    The Greek constellation of Hydra is an adaptation of a Babylonian constellation: the MUL.APIN includes a “serpent” constellation (MUL.DINGIR.MUŠ) that loosely corresponds to Hydra. It is one of two Babylonian “serpent” constellations (the other being the origin of the Greek Serpens), a mythological hybrid of serpent, lion and bird.[2]

    The shape of Hydra resembles a twisting snake, and features as such in some Greek myths. One myth associates it with a water snake that a crow served Apollo in a cup when it was sent to fetch water; Apollo saw through the fraud, and angrily cast the crow, cup, and snake, into the sky. It is also associated with the monster Hydra, with its many heads, killed by Hercules, represented in another constellation.[3]According to legend, if one of the hydra’s heads was cut off, two more would grow in its place. However, Hercules burned out the roots of the heads he severed to prevent them from growing again, and thus overcame the hydra.[4]

    read more.

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December 5, 2018 Posted by | Science & Technology | , | Comments Off on The Biggest Meteor Shower of the Year is about to Happen

December Night Sky: Best Celestial Events You Don’t Want To Miss — Meteor Showers — Gemini And Hydra “the Serpent” Constellations

  • nemesis maturity Published on Dec 2, 2018
    Don’t miss out this month: Comet 46P/Wirtanen is gracing the night sky and it may be visible with the naked eye. The Winter Circle of Stars. The spectacular Geminid Meteor Shower and the Ursid meteor shower, the Moon, 4 visible Planets, Stars, Constellations, Deep Sky Objects and more. You don’t need any special equipment but just your eyes!

  • The Geminids, December 4 to 16
    by https://www.photopills.com/
    For many astronomers, the Geminids is considered to be the queen of the meteor showers. The comet 3200 Phaethon is the cause of this meteor shower. With a Zenithal Hourly Rate (ZHR) of +120 meteors per hour, you can expect to see a good number of bright meteors.

    It runs from December 4 to 16. The best night for the watching is the one between the 13 and 14. The Peak has been predicted for December 14 at 13h UTC. This year, the waxing crescent Moon will not be a problem for the watching. Use PhotoPills to check the rise and set times, and choose the best time for the shooting. It’s visible from both hemispheres. Although it’s weaker in the southern hemisphere.
    Highlights:

    When:
     December 4 to 16 2018

    Best night: December 13-14
    Peak: December 14 at 13h UTC
    Moon Phase: 35% (good viewing conditions)
    Number (ZHR): +120 Meteors/hour
    Meteors velocity: 35 km/s
    Origin (radiant): constellation Gemini
    Radiant coordinates: Right Ascension 07h 28m, Declination +32.2º
    Associated Asteroid: 3200 Phaethon (discovered in 1982)
    Northern Hemisphere: High rate
    Southern Hemisphere: Medium rate

  • Sigma Hydrids Meteor Shower – Hydra Constellation
    by https://www.universeguide.com/
    The Sigma Hydrids meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of Hydrus. The meteor shower occurs between Dec 03 – Dec 15 with the peak occuring on the Dec 12 every year.

    The Solar Longitude (Abbrev: S.L., λ ☉) is 252.9 degrees, this value is the the date of maximum activity. It is measured as a degree with zero degree indicating spring equinox (roughly March 21st/22nd). 90 is the Summer Solstice, 180 is the Autumn Equinox and 270 is the Winter Solstice. This degree is independent of the calender. AMS .

    Hydra the constellation associated with this meteor Shower is the biggest constellation in the sky. It represents in one legend the monster that Hercules slayed. Even though the constellation is big, the meteor shower on the other hand is very faint and not spectacular. Given the faintness and there not being many meteors in the shower, it could be assumed that the source of the material for this is a long-period comet and that what we hit is the last remaining remnants of its tail that has not yet burnt up.

    The closest star to the radiant point of the meteor shower is Minchir. The coordinates can also be determined by the Right Ascension (123.2) and the Declination (3).

    The Zenith Hourly Rate or how many you expect to see during the hour is 3. The ZHR can radically increase if the comet or associated object is close by. The speed/velocity of the Meteor Shower particles is 59 km/s. The population index of the meteor shower is 3. The population index refers to the magnitude distribution of the meteorites, the smaller the index, the brighter the meteors are, the higher, the dimmer the meteors are. For this particular meteor shower, bright meteors are more frequent.

    read more.
  • Hydra (constellation)
    by https://en.wikipedia.org/
    Hydra is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, measuring 1303 square degrees. Also one of the longest at over 100 degrees, its southern end abuts Libra and Centaurus and its northern end borders Cancer.[1] It has a long history, having been included among the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy. It is commonly represented as a water snake. It should not be confused with the similarly named constellation of Hydrus.

    The Greek constellation of Hydra is an adaptation of a Babylonian constellation: the MUL.APIN includes a “serpent” constellation (MUL.DINGIR.MUŠ) that loosely corresponds to Hydra. It is one of two Babylonian “serpent” constellations (the other being the origin of the Greek Serpens), a mythological hybrid of serpent, lion and bird.[2]

    The shape of Hydra resembles a twisting snake, and features as such in some Greek myths. One myth associates it with a water snake that a crow served Apollo in a cup when it was sent to fetch water; Apollo saw through the fraud, and angrily cast the crow, cup, and snake, into the sky. It is also associated with the monster Hydra, with its many heads, killed by Hercules, represented in another constellation.[3]According to legend, if one of the hydra’s heads was cut off, two more would grow in its place. However, Hercules burned out the roots of the heads he severed to prevent them from growing again, and thus overcame the hydra.[4]

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