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2013 Meteor Showers (Bogotá)


The next meteor shower is the Geminids on the night of December 13
The Moon is in its waxing gibbous phase, so moonlight will hamper the shower until the Moon sets a couple of hours before dawn.
NOTES These are approximate times for the Lower 48 states; (for Colombia, in some places of google the date is for 11:00PM on the night of December 13 before dawn December 14), actual shower times can vary. Bright moonlight makes it difficult to see all but the brightest meteors.
What is a meteor shower? A meteor shower is a spike in the number of meteors or "shooting stars" that streak through the night sky. Most meteor showers are spawned by comets. As a comet orbits the Sun it sheds an icy, dusty debris stream along its orbit. If Earth travels through this stream, we will see a meteor shower. Although the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, if you trace their paths, the meteors in each shower appear to "rain" into the sky from the same region.
Meteor showers are named for the constellation that coincides with this region in the sky, a spot known as the radiant. For instance, the radiant for the Leonid meteor shower is in the constellation Leo. The Perseid meteor shower is so named because meteors appear to fall from a point in the constellation Perseus. The Geminid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on or around 13 December Protected content . Stars will be visible each night from 7 Dec to 16 Dec
After you've escaped the city glow, find a dark, secluded spot where oncoming car headlights will not periodically ruin your sensitive night vision. Look for state or city parks or other safe, dark sites. Once you have settled at your observing spot, lie back or position yourself so the horizon appears at the edge of your peripheral vision, with the stars and sky filling your field of view. Meteors will instantly grab your attention as they streak by.
How do I know the sky is dark enough to see meteors? If you can see each star of the Little Dipper, your eyes have "dark adapted," and your chosen site is probably dark enough. Under these conditions, you will see plenty of meteors.
What should I pack for meteor watching? Treat meteor watching like you would the 4th of July fireworks. Pack comfortable chairs, bug spray, food and drinks, blankets, plus a red-filtered flashlight for reading maps and charts without ruining your night vision. Binoculars are not necessary. Your eyes will do just fine.
I have a private and secured place for up to 4 persons per cottage Protected content in total in 3 cottages to stay overnight), we can organize a party, with a fire pit to deal with the cold and music to relax or dance, while we wait to watch them.
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