nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

The Geminids

This past Thursday night was supposed to be the height of the storm. I had optimal viewing conditions, or close to them-- clear sky (the stars were beautiful) in the suburbs, new moon, no clouds. Even the weather was nice, and I'd remembered my binoculars.

No meteors.

There was something very bright and a slightly yellow-white high in the sky at around 12:30 PM. I assume it was a planet.

I asked about meteor sightings on Facebook, and a couple of people (thanks for the replies) said they'd seen one or two meteors.

I think I've been spoiled-- some five or six years ago, maybe more, I saw a thirty-year maximum meteor storm. It was meteor after meteor, more than one per minute I think-- and I was on the edge of the city with quite a bit of street light. I'd never seen any meteors at all before that.

I don't think I'm bothering with ordinary meteor storms any more. My goal is to hang around and catch the next 30 year maximum.

This would be only marginally worth posting about except that I may have seen a sociological change-- for both meteor showers, I was telling random strangers. I wish I could apologize to the second batch. In any case, the folks 5 years or more ago were either interested or not interested, but this time I think more than half were worried about whether a meteor shower was dangerous. I reassured them, but are people more nervous in general?

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