A New Meteor Shower in December? – NASA Science December 12, 2012Posted by aquillam in Astronomy.
Tags: astronomy, meteor shower, observing
If you go out tonight or tomorrow to look for Geminids, be sure to look a bit farther west, for a potential new shower. The radiant is predicted to be in Pisces, near Pegasus.
The best time to observe a meteor shower is usually between midnight and sunrise, since that is when you are on the side of the Earth headed into the meteor stream (think of it like being in a car in a light rain – you get lots of raindrops on the windshield fewer on the rear window.) However, Pisces sets around 12:30, so in this case your best bet is to go out around 11 PM. Luckily, the Geminids are active enough to make evening watching worthwhile.
At 11 PM, Gemini is up about 45 degrees in the ESE. Pisces/Pegasus is about 25 degrees up just a bit south of due west.