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Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks On Lucky Friday The 13th

8 Dec 2019, 17:05 UTC
Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks On Lucky Friday The 13th
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Although glare from a bright moon will put a damper on this year’s Geminid meteor shower don’t let that stop you from looking anyway. The Geminids, which stream from a a point in Gemini the Twins called the radiant, will still produce a worthwhile show. Stellarium with additions by the author
The Earth plows through a swarm of asteroid debris this week to give us one of the best meteor showers of the year — the Geminids. The shower is already active and will peak this Friday night December 13-14 when up to 120 meteors per hour might be seen from a dark, moonless sky. Unfortunately, glare from the moon, just two nights past full, will chew into that number, reducing meteor counts to perhaps 20-30 per hour.
But even 20 meteors an hour makes a show especially when you consider that the Geminids are famed for their bright meteors called fireballs. Better yet you don’t have to get up in the wee hours to watch. True, you’ll see more meteors in the early morning hours when Gemini and the radiant stand highest in the sky (around 2 a.m. local time), but the shower starts revving up as early as ...

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