All eyes are on Alabama today. At night, let’s look up.
We’re about to learn a whole lot about Alabamians based on the kind of person they elect to represent them. I’m straining to be optimistic that Alabama will not elect a racist homophobic pedophile for the Senate. Over Doug Jones, who helped convict members of the KKK for bombing a church. Come on. No matter what happens, there’s some peace of mind to be found in the night sky. I think. It may be fleeting, but it’s always there, especially this week.
The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week on the 13th and 14th. Conditions are prime for viewing some of the 60-120 meteors an hour. Unless you live in a light polluted city as I do, but maybe we’ll be able to see some if these clouds ever clear. We’ll try. The key to catching meteors is to try. I missed bits of my namesake comet during October’s Orionid meteor shower because I forgot to look up.
Dress warm, go out after dark and be patient. Look up and enjoy the show for a few nights.
The bright streaks of light you’ll see are pieces of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, which will zip by our planet on December 16th, and possibly bits of comet debris all burning in our upper atmosphere.
Watching meteor showers is one of my favorite things to do. They’re gone in a blink, but then maybe there’s another over there or over there. Before you know it everything else melts away. All you have to do is watch for something spectacular and it’s best to do so passively. Soften your gaze and relax. The thrill of seeing a meteor jolts through you. See as many as possible because they’re brilliant and we need brilliance.