Thursday, January 3, 2013
The first meteor shower of 2013 hits high note early Friday.
The Quadrantid meteor shower is named for an extinct constellation, but the shooting stars that seem to sprout from it still arrive yearly, and the opening of the 2013 show began overnight Jan. 1, into Jan. 2. But the heavenly show peaks in the wee hours Friday, Jan. 4, amid a Geneva sky that should be clearing after mostly to partly cloudy conditions through much of Thursday, according to WeatherBug.com. The Quadrantids is one of the lesser-known meteor showers of the year, but that doesn't mean it's anything less than spectacular. Take a look at this Quadrantids meteor shower video or these pictures of the Quadrantids. One of the best, if not the best place to watch meteor showers in Geneva is Peck Farm Park. For good-quality local …
Friday, August 10, 2012
With clear skies forecast over Geneva, we should be able to get a good view of the Perseids meteor shower, which is set to peak this weekend. The Fox Valley Astronomical Society is hosting a star party Saturday.
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Friday, August 10, 2012
If you look at the Fox Valley Astronomical Society website, you'll see a clock with a countdown to one of the best meteor shows you're likely to see this year in Geneva. Yes, the Perseids are coming, and that's one of the most exciting times of the year for star-gazers. The public star party takes place, starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in the barn at Peck Farm Park. The forecast for Saturday night is for crystal clear skies with overnight low temperatures around 58 degrees. The Perseids are a meteor shower visible when the Earth passes through the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet. The meteor shower has been visible for about 2,000 years. The Swift-Tuttle comet orbits once every 133 years, according to NASA. “The Perseids can be …
Monday, April 23, 2012
We missed the Lyrids, but Peck Farm star party is coming May 12.
Who doesn’t like to watch a good meteor shower? The Lyrids, which occur every April when the Earth passes through the orbit of the comet called Thatcher, came and went this weekend, but there are more chances coming. There was a spectacular meteor event seen by many folks on April 11 that sparked a great deal of interest in the night skies. Here's a YouTube video. But Bruce Abels, community relations director of the Fox Valley Astronomical Society, said you'll have to be lucky to see something similar in the next few days. If you really are determined to see a sky show, go outside with “a blanket, a comfortable chaise lounge chair, a pot of coffee and your dog and wait.” “You have to be in the right place at the right time,” he said. You …