Are you ready? Tonight is the start of the Geminid Meteor Shower!
This shower was first discovered in the early 19th Century and actually lasts for two weeks, so if you don’t have a chance to view it tonight, get back out there the first chance you can!
It is named “Geminid” because it appears that the meteors emanate from the constellation of Gemini (get your Google Sky Map going, or simply look to the North). It will be “viewable” in both the Northern and the Southern hemispheres.
The meteors themselves can be multi-colored, depending on their chemical composition. Here’s a quick look at what those colors signify:
Sodium – orange or yellow
Iron – yellow
Magnesium – blue or green
Calcium – violet
Silicate – red
Adding a little more “color” here, there is some Greek mythology also associated with the event. Gemini is the astrological sign for the twins — Castor, a mortal, and his brother, Pollux. When Castor died during the Trojan War, Pollux grieved so deeply that his father, Zeus, decided to make Castor immortal as was his son, Pollux, and they now reside — forever together — in the constellation of Gemini as the twins.
And so, back to the title of this post — “A Shower And A Sip.” A sip of what you might ask? While I’ll out there enjoying nature’s show, I will also be sipping my all-time favorite wine:
A light, bubbly and delightful Pinot Grigio that knocks it out of the ballpark each and every time! Look for it at one of my favorite places — Trader Joe’s. You’ll be surprised at the price.
So, Happy Meteor-Gazing, everyone! Until we meet again……