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Daily Astronomy Blurb: Full Moon Geminids

The dependable annual Geminid meteor shower will be near its peak tonight (December 13/14) and before tomorrow's dawn. As Earth crosses through the dusty trail of active asteroid 3200 Phaethon the meteors will flash through the sky from the shower's radiant in Gemini. Gemini will be pretty easy for skygazers to find too as it won't be far from a nearly full waning gibbous Moon. You don't have look at the shower's radiant to see meteors though. The almost full moonlight won't hide the brightest of the Geminids from view either, but it will substantially reduce the rate of visible meteors for those who are counting. In fact, the 2019 Geminids should look a lot like the 2016 meteor shower This composite image from the 2016 Geminids aligns individual short exposures to capture many of the brighter Geminid meteors, inspite of a Full Moon shining near the constellation of the Twins. Along the horizon are the Teide Observatory's Solar Laboratory (right) and the Teide volcano on the Canary Island of Tenerife.
© apod.nasa.gov

ACAC News


Annual year-end, or Christmas, party - take your pic - on Dec. 15.
Takes the place of the usual monthly meeting. Family and/or friends welcome.
The club truncates the regular meeting to the first hour, often suitably themed, and socializes the second hour of the meet.
Of course, if you feed them they will come, so please let Michael know what will be potluck offered (and don't go overboard on quantity as that leaves the question of leftovers {or not if the item is reallly tasty}).
Michael will advise of the options as they are relayed to him.
Pops, juices, tea, coffee will be supplied by the club, as well as plating, cutlery, drinking gourds, etc.
Please make Friday, Dec. 13, your lucky deadline for claiming a particular submission.
Thanks.
Oh, if there are any intents to contribute socialized activities for the second half, please let us know that as well. Rolly will probably do trivia, Michael is looking into fun songs, but all else will be welcomed as time permits.
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You Betch'a: the 24th is the last Sunday of the Month!
Reminder of the ACAC monthly meeting at the Wilmot Community Centre, on Gillespie off of Water East, from 7-9 pm.
Your chance to learn about or review star classifications, the constellations Cancer and Canis Minor, and other cosmic revelations.
Don't forget, also, that the December meeting will be early, the 15th to be exact, when we will combine a year-end celebration with our regular meeting time slot (family / friends encouraged to attend and add to the festivities).
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Posted 2 months ago

Athena Community Astronomy Club

Agenda for the upcoming monthly meeting, Oct. 27 from 7-9 at Wilmot Community Centre, includes:
Rolly presenting the November Sky Calendar,
Pierre detailing the Perseus constellation,
Aaron unwrapping gravity waves,
Rolly discussing near-sky phenomena,
and Michael updating on extra-solar planets,
with a video on tundra methane to top things off.
Come on out and explore the universe.
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Posted 2 months ago

John Nangreaves

There will be cloudy nights ahead. Sorry.Sorry about the upcoming cloudy nights. ... See MoreSee Less

Posted 3 months ago

Athena Community Astronomy Club

Reminder: September meeting on Sunday evening, 7 - 9 at Wilmot Community Centre (Gillespie Street off Water, behind Shell / Needs). ... See MoreSee Less

Posted 3 months ago

Athena Community Astronomy Club

Jupiter bright, and Saturn light just beyond the handle of Sagittarius asterism in lower left, and then onward to the center of the galaxy. Oh, and of course an intruding satellite which is almost an impossibility to avoid nowadays. ... See MoreSee Less