Geminid meteor show is December 7-17

Geminid meteor show is December 7-17

However, that won't be the case with the Geminid meteor shower, as the particles are too small. Gemini is now rising about sunset and is already high by midevening, so, unlike any other major meteor shower, the Geminids can be seen in good numbers by as early as 9 or 10 p.m.

The Geminid shower ranks as both the richest and most reliable of the annual meteor showers.

The Geminids emanate from the constellation Gemini, and while the meteors will seem to be coming from Gemini, they can still appear all over the sky.

How many of these shooting stars can you expect to see? The brightest stars Pollux and Castor in the constellation Gemini are named for the famous twins from Greek mythology. This year should offer a wonderful meteor show.

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"The Geminids is always a visual treat to experience and document, and this year I wanted to bring that experience to more people through my workshop", Mr Magro said. The thin crescent Moon does not rise until 3:57 a.m. Thursday and will not interfere with the meteor shower. Earth's encounter with the central section of the meteoroid swarm falls at around 1am on 14 December.

The meteors of the Geminid meteor shower, which hits its peak the night of Wednesday, December 13, into the morning of Thursday, December 14, could be particularly bright this year. You'll be able to see meteors anywhere you look, but concentrating your attention on that constellation means you'll see more of them. But some of them will be bright meteors, maybe a few brighter than any star or planet, or even as bright as the moon.

With the moon but a slender wisp, conditions could hardly be better for this year's premier shower. Geminids come in all colors, sometimes have boisterous flaring, bursting flights, and sometimes leave lingering, luminous trails. The meteors will be going to all parts of the sky. You'll begin seeing them in the sky as early as 9 or 10 p.m. local time, no matter where you are.

An hour or so before sunrise on December 13, the crescent moon is just above the now dim planet Mars, with Jupiter well to the lower left.

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