December 9 2015 Astronomy Newsletter
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Geminids – a December Spectacle
Imagine the scene: a starry night in mid-December. As your eyes begin to adjust to the darkness, you start to see movement in the sky. At some point you definitely see a shooting star – properly called a meteor. Welcome to what many people think is the year's best meteor shower, the Geminids.
You can find out more about meteors here: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art29545.asp
(1) Gerard Kuiper, a prominent Dutch-American astronomer, was born on December 7, 1905. The Kuiper Belt of icy bodies beyond Neptune was named for him. You can learn more about the Kuiper Belt here: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art40059.asp
(2) Annie Jump Cannon, American astronomer, was born on December 11, 1863. At Harvard College Observatory she classified a quarter of a million spectra for the Henry Draper Catalogue. You can read more about this amazing woman here: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art28074.asp
(3) Tycho Brahe, the great Danish astronomer and mathematician, was born on December 14, 1546. He was the greatest astronomical observer of the pre-telescope era. His body of observations was of such a high quality that Johannes Kepler was able to use them to determine the geometry of the Solar System. Find out more about his interesting life here: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art28652.asp
*The last man on the Moon*
Six Apollo missions went to the Moon and a dozen men walked on our satellite. The last of them was Gene Cernan of Apollo 17 on December 14, 1972.
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Mona Evans, Astronomy Editor
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