Geminid Meteor Shower peaks Thursday Night

VIEWING FORECAST:
Tonight: Mostly Clear. Lows around 30.
Thursday Night: Mostly Clear. Lows around 29.
Friday Night: Cloudy with Rain. Lows around 36.

Get ready for one of the most stunning displays of shooting stars of the year! According to NASA, the Geminid meteor shower this year lasts from Dec. 10-16, with Thursday night, Dec. 13, anticipated to be the peak time for viewing. There could be more than 50 meteors per hour. But get ready for even more per hour since there is debris left over from Comet Wirtanen which could add another 30-50 meteors per hour! That would be specatcular!

The Geminids are debris from an object called 3200 Phaethon. NASA said Phaethon was long thought to be an asteroid but is now classified as the rocky remnant of an extinct comet that lost its ice after too many close encounters with the sun.

In order to get your best glimpse of the Geminids, get out of the city, away from the lights. Give your eyes time to relax and get used to the dark sky. Then, look up. Most Geminids usually fall shortly after midnight, centered around 2am local time. The time holds true, no matter what time zone you’re in.

Enjoy! And be sure to let us know what you’re seeing! -Eric

 

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This post was written by qni_it on December 12, 2012

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