Geminid Meteor Shower
The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks next week. Sadly, the Moon will be near-full brightening the sky for most of the night causing rates to be lower. However, the Geminids will still put on a good show pretty much anywhere that isn’t overcast, so don’t worry. Southern Hemisphere viewers will see lower rates, with the peak being ~40-60 meteors/hour in some locations, so you won’t be missing out as was the case for the Persieds earlier this year. Use the Fluxtimator to estimate the rate in your location.
Meteors will be visible when the radiant point is above the horizon from your location. The radiant point is in the constellation Gemini (Jupiter will be too, so get your binocs/telescopes), right next to the Orion constellation. You can spot meteors anywhere in the sky and it is not necessary to look towards the radiant point as some may believe. So go out, find somewhere dark, look up and enjoy the show.
Bummed we won’t be upstate for this one!
Already saw a couple by accident last Friday!
Governor in the studio recording a radio spot about tax-exempt state bonds that will be available to individual investors on Nov. 1 and 4.
The bonds offer an opportunity for residents to invest in Hawaii’s future by improving public facilities and infrastructure.
It’s tough being a luxury home buyer who’s trying to balance out living somewhere closer to work, in a home with character, in a good neighborhood with access to dining and entertainment AND with more land. Dropping the more land hang-up and this becomes a solvable problem. (via edkohler)