This week in the skies: Asteroid 3200 Phaethon (etc!)

-Posted by D.C. Worth, for Barbay (France/US)

It's time again, for the Geminid meteor shower, which peaks this year on Dec. 13th and 14th... It's the most intense meteor shower of the year, lasting for days, is rich in fireballs, and can be seen from almost any point on Earth. [read]
NASA’s STEREO detected 3200 Phaethon only 15 solar diameters from the sun's surface; sparking varied hypothesis: [here] 3200 Phaethon resembles main belt asteroid Pallas so much, it might be a 5-kilometer chip off that 544 km block... [image]
Note Winter dark sky time-frames for observation, mentioned in video.

NASA jpl's great [HORIZONS] system, helps to generate precise ephemerides... While Astronomy clubs offer a place for professional and amateur enthusiasts alike, to submit varieties of the newly discovered...

VIDEO Tips from AstronomyNow's Greg Smye-Rumsby: [VIEW]
Observing December's Geminid meteor shower!

Note: Links take you off-site
View highly accurate ephemerides for solar system objects ( 541317 asteroids, 3069 comets, 170 planetary satellites, 8 planets, the Sun, L1, L2, select spacecraft, and system barycenters ). HORIZONS is provided by the Solar System Dynamics Group of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory... (more later)
Sunspot 1131, in a Hawaiian sunrise [view]

-Very unrelated... :D (haha)
Didier Manchione solar tsunami Video: [view]
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