Information about Meteor showers. How to observe, where to observe, when to observe by SPACE (Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators)
Monday, December 27, 2010
Geminids 2010 report from SPACE
Geminids 2010 – SPACE observation report
The year ended with one of the best meteor showers of the year putting in an appearance. Two teams from SPACE headed to two separate locations- Jim Corbett National Park and Sakras observing site. Both teams successfully observed a spectacular shower. The report and images are listed below:
Geminids 2010 were predicted to yield a good ZHR of more than 100. Maxima - Dec 14th at 11h UT or 16:30 h IST ZHR (Zenith Hourly Rate) - around 120. The best time to watch the activity near the peak in India was on 13th December night/early morning on 14th after moonset. SPACE planned observation of Geminids 2010 from two locations:
Location 1 – Jim Corbett Park, Ramnagar, Uttrakhand (29°26'24"N 79°4'35"E)
Skies at the Location 1 were almost perfect having a limiting magnitude of almost 6. As the nearest city “Ramnagar” was 7 kms as the crow flies from the site in the jungle, skies were quite good except for the small amount of light pollution from the city in the south east. Observers mainly looked into directions of Leo and Orion for most of the time during observations. The shower intensified in bursts during short intervals of 5 mins at 2235-2240 and 2250-2255 UT. In all 344 meteor belonging to the shower were seen and 26 sporadic ones were seen.
Photography of the shower:
The shower was photographed for the same duration as that of the shower and around 10 frames got the Geminids meteors.
SPACE (Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators) team observed the geminids from Jim Corbett Tiger reserve, a dark sky site 270 kms away from New Delhi, india. Sachin Bahmba, Surender Solanki and Jaishree soin were other observers from the SPACE Observers