Meteor Shower – The First of 2014

    January 3, 2014
    Tina Volpe
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One of the best meteor showers known to star gazers which comes around every year at the start – sort of like a New Year’s greeting from the Universe – will peak on Thursday, likely around 20:00 UTC.

The Quadrantid shower’s intensity is similar to the Geminid and Perseid showers–some 50 to 100 meteors per hour– however, it only lasts a brief time–just a few hours. And because it is short lived, only the dark side of the planet gets to enjoy the show.

This year, the lucky sky gazers will be central and eastern Asia, they will have the benefit of the full shower. The peak time to view will be around 3 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Friday evening, when this splendid show will hit the northeastern sky.

For the U.S. sky gazers – the best place to try to see some shooting stars, is to look high in the northern sky, near the Big Dipper. The farther north you are, the better – those in the south probably won’t be able to see much without a telescope.

The hours before dawn on January 3 and 4 are the best viewing times, EarthSky.org said. It is best viewed from northerly latitudes.

“You need a dark, open sky, and you need to look in a general north-northeast direction for an hour or so before dawn,” EarthSky.org said.

Since it will be Friday afternoon along the East Coast and noon on the West Coast, anyone wanting to see anything will have to catch them before dawn or wait until after sunset. Although the peak will have passed, some meteors are sure to dazzle. You might catch sight of perhaps 10 to 20 “Quads” during an hour’s watch.

The bonus for those who are unable to or have missed the peak – they might get a spectacular show on Friday evening perhaps witnessing “earthgrazers” – or meteors that appear to come close to earth and to skim across our atmosphere, with long, bright paths. The Quadrantids at that time will be low in the northwest sky.

The Quadrantid meteor shower is named after a constellation that no longer exists. The constellation Quadrans Muralis (Mural Quadrant), was named in 1795, and early descriptions of the annual shower said they radiated from it.

When the International Astronomical Union met in 1922 they listed 88 recognized constellations, however, the Quadrans Muralis was not included on that list, even though the meteor shower’s name remains the same.

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  • http://www.religionscience.com Babu G. Ranganathan

    ASTEROIDS, COMETS, AND METEORS ORIGINATED FROM EARTH: In the Earth’s past there were powerful volcanic explosions propelling millions of tons of earth soil and rock (now asteroids and meteors which may contain organic molecules or organisms) into space. Read my popular Internet article, ANY LIFE ON MARS CAME FROM EARTH. The article explains how millions of tons of Earth soil may exist on Mars, and how debris we call asteroids and meteors could have originated from Earth. According to a Newsweek article of September 21, 1998, p. 12 that quotes a NASA scientist, SEVEN MILLION tons of Earth soil may exist on Mars! How could this be possible? Read and find out.

    Even if the right chemicals exist, life cannot arise by chance. The molecules that make-up life have to be in a sequence, just like the letters found in a sentence.

    Scientist and creationist, Brian Thomas explains:

    “Astronomers measure comets’ masses and erosion rates to calculate potential lifespans. Sun grazing comets last fewer than 100,000 years.2 They thus confront secular astronomy which maintains that comets formed with the rest of the solar system billions of years ago. A solar system that old should have no remaining comets.

    How do secularists solve this dilemma?

    Reporting on Ison, The Independent said, “Comet Ison has taken millions of years to reach us travelling from the so-called Oort cloud – a reservoir of trillions and trillions of chunks of rock and ice, leftovers from the birth of the planets.”3

    Unfortunately, nobody has yet witnessed a single one of those “trillions and trillions of chunks.” Going strictly with observational science, the “so-called Oort cloud” may exist only in the reservoir of the human mind.

    Clearly, secular astronomers invented the Oort cloud to rescue their billions-of-years dogma from a disintegration process that limits a comet’s age—and thus the age of the Solar System—to thousands of years. When Ison becomes visible later this year, perhaps it will remind thoughtful viewers that the universe is quite young, just as Scripture teaches” (Brian Thomas, M.S., Science Writer at the Institute for Creation research).

    Check out my most recent Internet articles and sites: THE SCIENCE SUPPORTING CREATION and WAR AMONG EVOLUTIONISTS (2nd Edition)

    Babu G. Ranganathan*
    B.A. Bible/Biology


    *I have given successful lectures (with question and answer period afterwards) defending creation before evolutionist science faculty and students at various colleges and universities. I’ve been privileged to be recognized in the 24th edition of Marquis “Who’s Who in The East” for my writings on religion and science.