Saturday 27 May 2017

Astronomy Ireland organises nationwide meteor watch

A Leonid meteor shower
Credit:Twitter/Scott Tully
A Leonid meteor shower Credit:Twitter/Scott Tully
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Astronomy Ireland is asking people around the country to help them count meteors in a nationwide Geminid watch.

The 'Geminid' meteor shower, named after the constellation 'Gemini', will peak on Sunday and Monday December 13th and 14th.

Astronomy Ireland is asking people around the country to help them count the number of meteors in the shower by "simply going outside and looking up!"

The counting began on December 7th and they are hoping it will continue until December 17th.

"We want you to count meteors every night that you can for one week before the peak and one week after. Count how many meteors you see every 15 minutes  and note it down. Then email us your report with your name, location, and the night you observed".

Potential star-gazers do not need a telescope or any equipment to spot the shooting stars.

Astronomy Ireland are holding a number of Christmas lectures over the coming days, with Monday's lecture hosted in TCD discussing 'the Search for E.T.".

Like Astronomy Ireland on Facebook for updates of meteors, shooting stars and more from the skies.

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Report template:

Name:

Location:

Night:

15 minute time block 1:

15 minute time block 2:

15 minute time block 3:

Email your meteor report to meteor@astronomy.ie.

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