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Geminid Meteor Shower 2015

Geminid Meteor Shower 2015

Geminid Meteor Shower Eye Of the Needle Credit: David Kingham Photography - @davidkingham

Geminid Meteor Shower Eye Of the Needle Credit: David Kingham Photography – @davidkingham

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. Read the rest of this entry »

December Night Sky Guide

December Night Sky

Tonight’s Sky: December 2014

Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets and events, Tonight’s Sky, Highlights of the December Sky Read the rest of this entry »

Geminid Meteor Shower 2013

Geminid Meteor Shower 2013

The Geminid meteor shower 2013 is the grand finale of astronomical events this year and is the most reliable and prolific of the annual meteor showers.
This year there will be a bright Moon when the Geminids are at their peak on the evening of the 13th/ 14th of December, but most of the brighter meteors should be bright enough to be seen. Read the rest of this entry »

Geminid Meteorwatch Trailer

Geminid Meteorwatch Trailer

The Geminid Meteor Shower peaks on the night of December 13 and 14 and is one of the most anticipated and reliable meteor showers of the year.

Under good observing conditions, up to 100 or more meteors can be seen per hour. For information on how to spot the meteors please see How to Observe Meteors. Read the rest of this entry »

Geminid Meteorwatch 2011

Credit: Wally Pacholka

It’s the finale of this year’s meteor showers: The Geminids will start appearing on Dec. 7 and should reach peak activity around the 13th and 14th. This shower could put on a display of up to 100+ meteors (shooting stars) per hour under good viewing conditions.

However, conditions this year are not ideal with the presence of a waning gibbous Moon (which will be up from mid-evening until morning). But seeing meteors every few minutes is quite possible. Geminid meteors are often slow and bright with persistent coloured trails which can linger for a while after the meteor has burned up.
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The Geminid Meteor Shower Rounds Off 2011

2011 has been quite a year, both terrestrial and otherwise. This week sees the last of the big scheduled astronomical happenings of the year in the form of the Geminid meteor shower.

This shower is one of the yearly standbys along with the Perseids that are always sure to produce. The Geminids have a long peak centered on the morning of December 14th when an idealized Zenithal Hourly Rate (ZHR) of up to 120 meteors per hour may be seen.

Problems will arise, however, from an 82% illuminated waning gibbous Moon in the adjacent constellation of Cancer. Rising roughly around 10PM local on the night of the peak, this makes for the worst possible Moon phase as it’ll be high and bright in the early AM hours, just as the meteor shower is getting into high gear. But as always, I wouldn’t let that stop you from looking! Read the rest of this entry »