Saw my first Geminids

  • #1
Jonathan Scott
Gold Member
2,295
997
Yesterday we had clear skies in the UK (but freezing temperatures) so I wrapped up warm and I went out into my back garden for a few minutes at about 9.45pm to look for Geminids, as I hadn't seen those before (I've mostly only seen Perseids before, plus odd sporadic meteors). The sky was quite hazy and I only saw about 7 before I decided to come in, but what I immediately noticed was that they appeared to move noticeably more slowly across the sky than Perseids, although not as slowly as half speed. Checking in Wikipedia afterwards I see that the speed of Geminids at around 35km/s is indeed slower than Perseids at around 58km/s. So now I've learned that there's a visible difference in the speed of meteors from different meteor showers.
 

Answers and Replies

  • #3
18,378
8,249
Time to grab a camera and snap some shots!
 
  • #4
Jonathan Scott
Gold Member
2,295
997
From my back garden, in a built-up area with hazy brown skies and a limited view, close to an airport, my chances of taking a picture of a meteor aren't much better than my chances of photographing a flying reindeer!
 
  • Like
Likes davenn
  • #5
davenn
Science Advisor
Gold Member
9,471
8,419
Yesterday we had clear skies in the UK (but freezing temperatures) so I wrapped up warm and I went out into my back garden for a few minutes at about 9.45pm to look for Geminids, as I hadn't seen those before (I've mostly only seen Perseids before, plus odd sporadic meteors). The sky was quite hazy and I only saw about 7 before I decided to come in,

awesome ... well done :)

From my back garden, in a built-up area with hazy brown skies and a limited view, close to an airport, my chances of taking a picture of a meteor aren't much better than my chances of photographing a flying reindeer!

Yeah I know that feeling ... living within Sydney city suburbs, the light pollution is dreadful, I only get to see the brightest starts or meteors
I have to drive at least 30 - 45 minutes to get to a site that is dark enough to play with the telescope



Dave
 

Related Threads on Saw my first Geminids

  • Last Post
Replies
12
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
6
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
12
Views
4K
Replies
6
Views
2K
Replies
2
Views
2K
Replies
4
Views
2K
Replies
10
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
10
Views
2K
Replies
15
Views
3K
Top