The Geminid Meteor Shower Will Light up the Sky This Month

The Geminid Meteor Shower Will Light up the Sky This Month

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.

The shower will appear from the direction of the constellation Gemini, and climb slowly into the sky throughout the night, Earth Sky reports. Meteors should be visible across the entire sky, though the best way to catch them is to look south toward the constellation.

Jefferson County Conservation is offering Germinid Meteor Shower viewing from 9-11 p.m. December 13 at Jefferson County Park.

The big occasion is the USA getting ideal astronomical conditions for the strong Geminid meteor shower.

Every year on about the same dates, Earth passes through swarms of rocky particles associated with the orbits of various comets.

A meteor shower is not just an increased number of meteors, however. This point or "radiant" is in the constellation for which the shower is named.

"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.

Geminids are the slowpokes of the meteor world.

How many meteors will you see? The best viewing place (as with any astrological event) will be in the country, away from city light pollution.

The stars - or at least the Moon - will align this month for a terrific display of meteors.

"With most showers, you can be lucky to see maybe 10 to 20 meteors per hour, with the Geminids there's usually 50 to 120 giant, blazing fireballs streaking through the sky". Geminids come in all colors, sometimes have boisterous flaring, bursting flights, and sometimes leave lingering, luminous trails. From 11 p.m.to 4 a.m. Geminid rates of 60 or more would be possible if skies are quite clear. It peaks the night of December 13/14 under a slim crescent Moon, whose feeble light won't interfere even after it rises around 3:30 a.m. local time. But at the same time the next day the moon is dramatically close to the upper right of bright Jupiter.

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