Posts Tagged ‘New Moon’

December is one of my favorite months. I enjoy the change in the weather and all of the winter festivities and holiday happenings. I especially enjoy the beautiful holiday lights displayed in my neighborhood and around town, but those aren’t the only lights I’ll look for this month. Did you know that one of the most wondrous light displays in the world is happening this week? It’s not a holiday display, it’s a meteor shower! The Geminid meteor shower is occurring December 10th through the 16th, and is expected to peak overnight from the 13th to the early morning hours of the 14th. The Geminid meteors get their name from the constellation of Gemini, which the meteors seem to radiate from as they traverse the night sky. There is a new moon on the 13th which should provide dark skies to easily see the meteors in locations with clear weather.

Unfortunately for the Bay Area there is a storm moving in and visibility might be hindered or non-existent in some areas. If the skies do clear you should be able to see the Geminid meteors from many locations. If the lights are too bright where you are try taking a drive away from the city glare. The meteors should be visible Thursday night starting around 9 or 10 pm, but the best time to view the meteors is very late, between midnight and 2 am. If the skies are clear you can expect to see approximately 80 to 120 meteors per hour during peak time. Take a look at this time-lapse video of the Geminid meteors from a previous year to get an idea of what you might see.

If it’s too cloudy outside or if you would prefer to be warm while watching the Geminid meteors, you can watch them from the comfort of your own home! NASA will be live streaming the meteor shower and featuring a live chat module starting at 8 pm PST on Thursday, December 13th. You can find more information here.  If the skies are clear and you decide to brave the winter weather to view the meteor shower outside, be sure to keep warm!

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The next Twilight Saga film is New Moon. It’s headed to theaters on 20 November. In fact, I’m told that the midnight showings of the film are selling out all over the place already. Good thing I wasn’t planning on catching one of those.

While we wait for 20 November to get here, I offer you a few videos to keep you entertained. They seem to have changed a few things in the transition from book to film, but I remain hopeful. Okay. Really, I can’t wait.

New Moon Clip 1:

New Moon Clip 2:

TV Spot 1:

TV Spot 2:

Most Recent Trailer:

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All I can say is: Wow. I was looking forward to this film already. Now, I’m dying for it to be November. And yes, I’ve given in and am re-reading the book. This is not something that I generally advise before seeing a book to film translation (I tend to re-read after seeing the film so I wont be too distracted by inconsistencies), but I couldn’t resist. If you haven’t seen this trailer yet, give it a try.

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Recently, at San Diego Comic-Con 2009, there was a panel discussion of the upcoming Twilight Saga film known as New Moon. Since I know that there are at least a dozen of us in this world who couldn’t make it to that sold-out event, I am posting the panel here for you to watch courtesy of Youtube. Be warned. There is much in the way of screaming.

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2if-gpLsuM
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llkL78izRCg
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MISB-sjDkSQ
Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyE0wad71RE
Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeQyWL4RDZA
Part 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4qoNnTctiE

(Pssst! You didn’t hear this from me, but if you want to see the new clips shown during the panel, go here and here. Also? There’s a lot of screaming. Mind your ears.)

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I’m sure that I’m not the only one waiting for the film version of Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon to appear on the big screen. Even though we have to wait until 20 November 2009 to see that, they’ve just released a bit of a teaser trailer. Here you go!

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