This year, the meteor shower runs from Dec. 4 to Dec. 17, peaking on the night of Dec. 13 to 14, when roughly 150 meteors per hour can be seen from a clear, dark-sky location.
The Geminids are produced as Earth moves through a stream of debris left over from asteroid 3200 Phaethon. .
If you're hoping to catch them on the peak night of Dec. 13 to 14, there's one slight problem: We have an almost-full moon to contend with.
The good news is that you don't have to be looking directly at Gemini to catch the meteors, though the full moon means only the brightest will be visible.
Also, the Geminids tend to produce bright fireballs, so those would at least punch through the moonlight.
If you're willing to take your chances and want to venture out into the cold night to see how many you can catch,
there are some things that you can do to improve your chances.
First and foremost, bundle up. There's nothing worse than having cold hands and feet when scouring the sky for some meteors. If you're not warm, you're likely to give up early on. .
Second, get to a dark-sky location. Moon or not, you increase your chances of seeing faint meteors in dark skies away from light pollution.
This leads to probably the hardest task: Turn off your phone and give yourself at least 30 minutes to allow your eyes to adjust to the (relative) darkness.
While it may be an obvious tip, don't forget to keep your eyes up and on the sky.
These meteors are moving through the atmosphere at 35 kilometres a second — so turn away even for a moment and you might miss one.
Finally, be patient. You can try either earlier in the evening, when the moon is low in the east (it rises around 6 p.m. local time), or you can try in the wee hours of the morning.
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Radiology is the science of high energy radiation and of the sources and the chemical, physical, and biologic effects of such radiation; the term usually refers to the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
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Good news, I only have 3 radiation sessions left. Yay, so exciting!
I thought I would share with you all some photos of the machine (and me), so you can get an idea of the whole process. I have to use a special breathing apparatus because the machine helps me to hold my breath while the radiation beams are directed at the tumour. I have to hold my breath so my lungs expand to protect my heart.
So far I have had 16 radiation treatments and now I have 4 boosters. The boosters are targeted at the tumour bed site (Herman’s bed) , just to be sure he didn’t leave any bits behind. And I only have 3 left to do.
Which means I’ll be finished radiation and chemo by Christmas. Yay!
It’s been 9 months since I started on this roller coaster, and it’s so good to be nearing the end of this part of the treatment. I still have immunotherapy and hormone treatment to go but the hard part is over.
I recently read an article a couple of weeks ago stating how some Breast Cancer Survivors do not acknowledge Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Some cancer fighters and survivors only acknowledge the month privately because they don’t want to talk about the struggles of going through cancer treatments (surgery, chemo and radiation), fear of survivorship, fear of reoccurrence, financial struggles, loneliness and/or grappling with new health challenges such as infertility and menopause.
In the article survivors talk about how some companies just use “October is Pink“ as a marketing strategy for customers to just buy their products and/or services, but rarely acknowledges a cancer fighter and survivors journey.
Fighting cancer and moving into survivorship is a daily walk of declaring and decreeing healing. There are the moments you afraid, lonely, crying and just exhausted. You are constantly thinking will this treatment(s)work, will I stay in remission, and what happens if the cancer comes back. All of these things can overtake your daily living, mindset and emotions.
I had to decree and declare my healing before it happens. I had to claim victory during each chemo and radiation treatment. Was it easy? No!!! Did I ask why me? Yes I did many times!!! Especially when you are seeing the physical toll cancer has on body, losing your hair, eyebrows and/or eye lashes. It is a daily faith journey. -
But I am thankful for God’s strength , supernatural favor and wisdom to be an advocate for cancer fighters and survivors.
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what a year, my mom said on the phone recently - what a year we’ve survived. my radiation mask sits tucked up in a closet normally, I still don’t know what to do with it. it just sits there. waiting. for what, I don’t know.
my (recent) tests have all come back stable - good news & hard news. my chronic illness folks will understand this, how sometimes a scary answer is better than no answer. how hard it can be to just hold pain & fatigue without any direction to go towards other than sitting with it, letting it come and go, knowing you have little fight in it all.
this other side - it’s complicated. I feel as if I have spent the past year, maybe more, spinning and I’m now trying to walk in a straight line. so much trauma gets stored in our bodies. this body has held so much.
tonight I sit praising my soft stomach, my tired arms, my aching hips, my sore spine. tonight I am saying “bless this” again, because here I am, healing. even on days it feels like the opposite. healing, still.
✨Cancer affects us all.
Big Healing Hug,
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14 down, 11 to go. This is the face of a woman who spent today juggling conference calls and double-booked meetings, solo parenting a kid who decided sleeping through the night is for suckers, and practicing breath holds while getting zapped with chemo-crushing radiation in between. So basically, full beast mode over here. Not pictured: friends picking up said kid at daycare because I got trapped in my office parking lot for an hour and half and my partner is traveling, crushing a jar of spiced walnuts to keep my energy up, and applying calendula in the bathroom stall in between appointments. This is #youngbreastcancer#youngmomswithbreastcancer#momwithcancer#workingwhilecancer#radiation . This is also #cancerchic@gucci 😉 12.11.19
Lately, I’ve been cataloging all the human studies involving natural agents in combination with radiation and have been blown away by the number of honey studies! I’m not even finished looking through the literature and have already found at least 16 human trials that have investigated honey for reducing the severity of side effects related to radiation of the head and neck.
As we’ve talked about before, radiation of the head and neck can be an incredibly difficult treatment due to its side effects. Mouth sores, difficulty swallowing, pain with swallowing, inflammation of the esophagus, and dry mouth are all common symptoms experienced by patients receiving radiation to the head and neck region.
Honey, as it turns out, is one of the best studied natural agents for reducing these side effects. To be honest though, I had always felt the evidence was all over the place, with some studies showing benefit and other studies showing no effect at all. While a generally safe recommendation, I have always wanted a little more clarity on the subject.
Well folks, that day has come. This year, there have been TWO systematic reviews published, one which included a meta-analysis, which looked at ALL the honey trials. Both studies included 17 randomized controlled trials, involving over 1,200 patients receiving radiation to the head and neck. Both studies found evidence to support the use of honey for these symptoms, but there was an important detail they uncovered…the type of honey mattered.
In both studies, it was found that pure, natural honey had the best evidence, whereas manuka honey was not shown to be effective across multiple studies. If you don’t know, manuka honey is a special type of honey that comes from New Zealand, is more expensive, and definitely has more pizazz. Based on the current evidence however, regular old honey is the best option.
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#gammaknife#meningioma I spent the day at #sanantonioregionalhospital in #upland getting this focused radiation procedure for a beneign tumor. The nurses and specialists were super nice and helpful, overall a wonderful experience. They had to screw this crazy contraption on my head to keep it still, which hurt but they gave me a low dose of fentanyl and lidocaine for the pain, and a Norco when that wore off, along with a steroid for the swelling. I got to listen to jazz music during the procedure and sort of zoned out on visual images in my mind, like colored lights and birds flying across my mind's eye. My doctor was born three days before me in the year of the rat. The radiation itself didn't hurt at all. After I woke up I noticed my hearing is very sensitive. I hope this lasts because I was experiencing hearing loss before. I feel a bit groggy and my head is swollen but I'm good. It's hard to tell at this point, but the pressure behind my eye seems less. One thing I can say is we really need to improve our imaging technology, because there was some confusion as to an area that may or may not be abnormal. I hope to see advances in imaging technology in the future and am confident we will, given how camera and projection technology has improved exponentially in recent years. #health#technology#medicine#neurosurgery#radiation#oncology#wellness#healing#recovery#positivevibes#support#progress#goteam
🎶Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy....
I can really feel it when my vitamin D gets low. Even though our high temperature today only got to 52 out there but with as much skin exposed as I could bear for about 30 minutes. I came in so refreshed! Come back summertime, I miss youuuuu
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Picked up a couple of small trit vials as a quality sample to see how close to listed spec they were. Definitely have to do something interesting with them since @rebelxraccoon says I'm not allowed to eat them to see if later on I can make my toilet bowl glow 😒
Tritium/hydrogen3 is an awesome radio active gas that when in contact with an atom or molecule will excite an orbital electron which in this case creates visible light aka radioluminescence. The contained radiation stays active for several years and after about 15 years you will lose approximately 10% of the original light output.
Too much exposure to Radiation and EMF waves can be seriously damaging. We advise our loved ones all the time to not keep your phone in your pocket as much as you possibly can, and definitely DONT sleep with it right next to your head, even if you need it for an alarm. What are your thoughts? #FarmacyForLife 💭 -