Geminid Meteor Shower 2015
The Geminid meteor shower is the grand finale of astronomical events in 2015. It’s the most reliable and prolific of the annual meteor showers.
This year the the Moon is absent and won’t interfere with the Geminids at their peak. Peak is on the 14th and activity should be high 13th – 15th December.
Providing there are clear skies, many fainter meteors should be seen as well as bright meteors/ fireballs.
Numerous bright Geminid meteors
Geminid rates can be in excess of 60 -100 shooting stars per hour at peak for those with clear dark skies.
Geminid meteors are usually bright and can leave long persistent trains.
If observing opportunities aren’t possible on the evenings of13th/ 14th and 14th/ 15th, observers can usually see high meteor activity a day or so either side of the peak.
For more info please see How to observe Meteors.
As well as being the grand finale of 2015, the Geminids are special in another way: Unlike most annual meteor showers the Geminids originate from an object known as 3200 Phaethon. Thought to be an asteroid not a comet.
Geminid Meteor Shower 2015 – Meteorwatch
The event will be an excellent opportunity to learn, share information, pictures and more whatever your level of interest and will run for a few days. All you need to do is follow along using the #meteorwatch hashtag.
You don’t need a telescope or anything, just your eyes and a little bit of patience to see Geminid shooting stars.