On some nights it rains meteors!! An image from everyone’s favourite meteor shower, Perseids, (in August) captured multiple streaks over Four Girls Mountain in central China. The bright Pleaides open star cluster appears toward the upper right, while numerous emission nebulas are visible in red, many superposed on the diagonal band of the Milky Way.

Peaking last night and visible until the 17th, asteroid dust is expected to rain down on Earth during the annual Geminids meteor shower. This year, unfortunately, fainter Geminids will be harder to see because of the brightness of the Long Nights Full Moon, which occurs tonight (Wednesday night)!! 

Image Credit & Copyright: Alvin Wu

Geminid Meteor Shower 2014
Went up to Mt Lemmon again for this one. There were some nice clouds near the bottom of the mountain from the rain earlier that day. Luckily the rain clouds cleared after sunset. I would have stayed out until sunrise and captured more but my lens was fogging up too much, needed some actual anti-fog lens cleaner. Was still great to watch! The next meteor shower peaks Jan 2-4. This is a composite of about 10 meteors. Also on Flickr // 500px


Time lapse of the night sky somewhere in Japan (hi Orion! Man you can really see the color on the red giant Betelgeuse). Handful of Geminid meteors captured in this frame.

sith-marauder  asked:

orion, aries, and asteroid :3

  • Orion: Favourite month?

Ooohhh either October or December. Obv october because of magic stuff and Halloween, and then December cuz that’s when my birthday is and I just enjoy the festivities. Also because there’s two significant meteor showers in December, the geminids and I forgot the other one. The geminids is the biggest and brightest meteor shower iirc. 

  • Aries: Favourite movie?

The Rocky Horror Picture Show. If you’ve seen it- self explanatory. If not- please go see it you won’t regret it

  • Asteroid: What does your dream life look like? 

I graduated from (insert prestigious university that I got a full ride to) in 2020 with my Bachelor’s in business, and continued on and got my masters. 

I consider my entire family estranged except for those few special others who realized how fucked up the rest of them were. I do not contact them, they do not contact me. 

Now I live in a spacious house/apartment near the ocean with 4 other friends, all of whom have jobs and other sources of income. None of us plan on having kids, we’re financially stable. We’re near the ocean in or outside of a big city. At least two of the others also do magic/spirit stuff of sorts, and all of us are super accepting of each other’s stuff, even those who don’t do magic. We go to the beach and to the big city regularly, travel, and all that jazz. At home, we all play video games together, help each other out, and chill. It’s like an eternal sleepover, and every day is an adventure. 

While I have a stable job with X company, my magic business also gives me a stable income. I don’t have to hide my magic business from my coworkers; I’m far too important for the company to even consider firing, and people see it as a combination of ingenious and quirky. Within the community, my influence has also helped and inspired people to start magic businesses of their own, and for the magic industry to have less scammers and “My Business Is A Holy Mission, how dare you dislike my reading/spells/etc” people. Basically it’s no longer socially acceptable within the magic community to yell at your customers for not liking your product or actually pointing out bad business habits. 

My investments which I have started since I was 19 (now) have grown and now I don’t need to worry about retirement at all. Thanks to my hard studying of personal finance and dedication to financial magic, money is not and never will be an issue for me again. And because of that, I can finally help others without worrying about my own financial state. 

(that was wayyy longer than it needed to be but I believe in speaking things into existence)

ty for asking!!

Five Fun Facts for the 2015 Geminid Meteor Shower

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this weekend starting on Sunday, Dec. 13. Here are a few fun facts:

Fact #1:

The Geminid meteor shower can be seen from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Because they are pieces of an asteroid, Geminid meteoroids can penetrate deeper into Earth’s atmosphere than most other meteor showers, creating beautiful long arcs viewable for 1-2 seconds.

Fact #2:

Geminids are pieces of debris from an object called 3200 Phaethon. It was long thought to be an asteroid, but is now classified as an extinct comet.

Phaethon’s eccentric orbit around the sun brings it well inside the orbit of Mercury every 1.4 years. Traveling this close to the sun blasts Phaethon with solar heat that may boil jets of dust into the Geminid stream. Of all the debris streams Earth passes through each year, the Geminid shower is the most massive. When we add up the amount of dust in this stream, it outweighs other streams by factors of 5 to 500.

Fact #3:

Because they are usually bright, many people say Geminid meteors show color. In addition to glowing white, they have been described as appearing yellow, green, or blue.

Geminid meteoroids hit earth’s atmosphere traveling 78,000 mph or 35 km/s. That may sound fast, but it is actually somewhat slow compared to other meteor showers.

Fact #4:

Geminids are named because the meteors seem to radiate from the constellation of Gemini. The shower lasts a couple of weeks, with meteors typically seen Dec. 4-17, peaking near Dec 13-14.

Fact #5:

The Geminids started out as a relatively weak meteor shower when first discovered in the early 19th century. Over time, it has grown into the strongest annual shower, with theoretical rates above 120 meteors per hour.

Join In:

This Sunday, Dec. 13, our Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will host a live tweet chat highlighting the 2015 Geminid meteor shower. This online, social event will occur 11 p.m. EST Dec. 13, until 3 a.m. EST on Dec. 14. To join the conversation and ask questions, use #askNASA or @NASA_Marshall.

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