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12/11/2020 – Ephemeris – More on the Geminid meteor shower peaking this weekend

11 Dec 2020, 05:01 UTC
12/11/2020 – Ephemeris – More on the Geminid meteor shower peaking this weekend
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This is Ephemeris for Friday, December 11th. Today the Sun will be up for 8 hours and 51 minutes, setting at 5:02, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:11. The Moon, 3 days before new, will rise at 5:33 tomorrow morning.
This weekend and specifically Sunday evening to Monday morning the Geminid meteor shower will be at its peak, with up to 120 meteors appearing an hour in the early morning hours of Monday. The meteors will appear to come from near the star Castor, the northernmost star of the constellation of Gemini the twins. Castor and Pollux are the namesake stars at the head of Gemini. While they will seem to come from a specific point in the sky, they will be seen all over the sky, and be traced back to the point. They are coming in on parallel trajectories, just as straight railroad tracks recede to a point in the distance. Let’s hope for clear skies. The meteor shower lasts all night.
The event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Addendum
Star Chart for 7 pm, or about 2 hours after sunset. December 13, 2020. Click ...

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