Geminids Meteor Shower This Weekend

The Geminids Meteor shower is expected to peak Dec. 13-14.  The best viewing is after the moon sets around midnight.  Say warm!

From earthsky.org:

December 13-14, 2010 Geminids
This year is favorable for the Geminids, the year’s grand finale for meteor-watchers. As a general rule, it’s either the Geminids or the August Perseids that give us the most prolific meteor display of the year. Unlike many meteor showers, you can start watching for the Geminids around 9 to 10 p.m. – in years when the moon is out of the sky. The waxing gibbous moon interferes during the evening hours this year, and doesn’t set till around midnight. However, this shower tends to gain strength after midnight and to climax at roughly 2 o’clock in the morning, when the shower’s radiant point is highest in the sky. So look for the Geminids to be at their best aftermoonset. Geminid meteor maximums commonly rearch 50 or more meteors per hour. And December is a glorious time of year to sprawl out on your reclining lawn chair and to take in the twinkling stars. Just be sure to bring along warm clothing, blankets or sleeping bags, and a thermos with a warm beverage. With the moon setting around midnight, the stage is set for a dark sky and a grand Geminid display between midnight and dawn December 14.. The best viewing of these often bright, medium-speed meteors should be from late night December 13 until dawn December 14.

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2 Responses to “Geminids Meteor Shower This Weekend”

  1. thanks for the information XD
    my friend from US told me there is going to be meteor shower today but didn’t really knew exact time and right information 😀
    but it seems cloudy outside today :<

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