Astro Bob’s Backyard Astronomy: Out of Sight!
The Geminids meteor shower will be at its peak tonight. At its height, over 100 meteors will be stemming from the Gemini constellation and blitzing across the sky every hour. This prospect would be much more appealing if not for the cloudy forecast. For our region of the world, the trail of meteors will be completely out of sight. “It's going to be completely blanketed,” says Bob King. "The good news is we cut through that trail every December 13th and 14th. We'll see them next year."
Our sun is also out of sight more often than not as of late. In a week and a half, the northern hemisphere will experience the shortest day of the year. "Daylight for Duluth is 8 hours and 33 minutes," says King of December 21st.
And one heavenly body that has been out of sight for a few months is making a return. Venus will be peeking over the horizon in the coming weeks. Look for it on Christmas Eve just to the right of a young crescent moon.