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Observing podcast: Geminid meteor shower, California Nebula, and Baby Nebula

December 11-18, 2009: The 2009 Geminid meteor shower makes a great target for beginning observers, while the California Nebula (NGC 1499) and the Baby Nebula (IC 1848) provide nice targets for telescope owners.
December 2009 meteor shower finder chart
The Geminid meteor shower peaks before dawn December 14. With the Moon out of the way, observers with dark skies may see 100 meteors per hour or more.
Astronomy: Roen Kelly
Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three objects or events you can see in the sky.

In each episode, Michael highlights:
  • One object you can see without any optical aid
  • One object you can see with a small (4-inch) telescope
  • One object you can see with at least an 8-inch telescope

Targets for December 11-18, 2009
    Naked eye: Geminid meteor shower
    Small telescope: California Nebula
    8-inch or larger telescope: Baby Nebula


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