Glancing With the Stars
The Emmys are over. The Oscars and Grammys are five months away and unless you’ve gotten spacey, you don’t even recognize those “celebrities” who are shaking their sequined stuff on ABC’s ballroom dance floor this season.
It looks like your star gazing days are over for now.
Don’t worry about losing your access to Hollywood. Things are looking up with a new asteroid, meteor showers, and a full lunar eclipse coming your way. So get ready for some serious ET time – and we’re not talking about Entertainment Tonight – with a few heavenly bodies you’ll definitely take a shine to.
Sunday, Oct. 16 – Comet Elenin approaches earth
This brand new comet was just discovered in December and will be closest to us in the early morning hours. Even with binoculars and a dark area the fast-moving object may be difficult to see without some help from NASA.
Friday, Oct. 21 – Orionid Meteor Shower Stay up late Friday into early Saturday to spot the most active moments of the irregular shower which is actually dust from the famed Halley's comet. At its peak you could see up to 20 meteors an hour.
Saturday, Oct. 29 – Jupiter Illuminated
The planet will travel close to earth with its face lit up by the sun. This is as big and bright as Jupiter gets. A telescope will show you planet’s surface or carry a good pair of binoculars for a good gander at the planets four largest moons which appear as bright dots on either side.
Tuesday, Nov. 8 – Asteroid 2005 YU55 fly by
This space rock will be even closer to the earth than the moon. At 1,300 miles in diameter, asteroids this size only travel this close once every 30 years or so. You will need binoculars or a telescope and watch for more tips on how to catch this rare event.
Thursday, Nov. 17 – Leonid Meteor Shower
Looks like it’s time for another late night. The Leonids won’t be as spectacular as it was in 2001 but you should still be able to see about 10 an hour.
Saturday, Dec. 10 – Total Lunar Eclipse
It's the second lunar eclipse of the year but the for the first time Hawaii will be part of the viewing party. Get a good nap on Friday because you’ll start to see the partial eclipse at 2:45 a.m. The moon will glow red or go dark as it moves completely into the earth’s shadow by 4:10 a.m. Hawaii time. By sunrise it will reemerged.
Tuesday, Dec. 13 – Geminid Meteor Shower
You might as well become a night owl for the week. Just three days after the complete lunar eclipse, one of the best meteor showers will peak from late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Watch for up to 60 multi-colored meteors an hour.