In 2011, most of the best meteor showers occurred when the moon was close to full. But 2012 starts out with a fine meteor shower, the Quadrantids, with absolutely no moon to interfere with the viewing.
The 2012 Quadrantids, a little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation, will present an excellent chance for hardy souls to start the year off with some late-night meteor watching.
Geminid meteor shower peak will be in the nights of December 13 and 14 observed.
The peak of the Geminid meteor shower activity will be in the night of December 13/14 and 14/15. In general, the intensity of the shower reaches its peak at 2 o’clock in the night and lasts till the morning. In the ideally dark night you may count up to 50 falling Geminids per hour, or one per minute. However, take into account that the bright moon will significantly reduce the number of visible Geminids. If you are planning to enjoy Geminids shower, get away from the city to a deserted dark place. You will need warm clothes and hot drinks for the whole night.
If you watch between midnight and dawn on Friday, October 21, or Saturday, October 22, 2011, you should see some meteors in the Orionid meteor shower.
In this year Draconid meteor shower in October will be impressive, but few people on the ground will get a chance to appreciate its true scope.
NASA cameras caught a view which show how a bright meteor lit up the night sky above Atlanta on August 28. The meteor streaked over Atlanta, Georgia, and its surrounding cities at the mind-blowing speed of about 52,800 mph (84,970 kph).
This week, the moon will arrive at new phase on Saturday, leaving the sky dark and moonless from dusk to dawn.This makes it a great opportunity to enjoy two displays of “shooting stars” that will be active and near their peak this weekend.
According to researchers the tiny meteoroits that streaked through Earth’s atmosphere for a few hours on Feb. 4 represent a previously unknown meteor shower. The “shooting stars” arrived from the direction of the star Eta Draconis, so the shower is called the February Eta Draconids (FEDs).