Geminid Meteor Shower The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks next week. Sadly, the Moon will be near-full brightening the sky for most of the night causing rates to be lower. However, the Geminids will still put on a good show pretty much anywhere that isn’t overcast, so don’t worry. Southern Hemisphere viewers will see lower rates, with the peak being ~40-60 meteors/hour in some locations, so you won’t be missing out as was the case for the Persieds earlier this year. Use the Fluxtimator to estimate the rate in your location.
Meteors will be visible when the radiant point is above the horizon from your location. The radiant point is in the constellation Gemini (Jupiter will be too, so get your binocs/telescopes), right next to the Orion constellation. You can spot meteors anywhere in the sky and it is not necessary to look towards the radiant point as some may believe. So go out, find somewhere dark, look up and enjoy the show.
One of the many things that make Grand Canyon National Park so amazing, is the night sky. The dark, dark, dark night sky. If you haven’t experienced it, then you are truly missing out.
Due to very little light pollution, Grand Canyon has one of the darkest night skies around. Tonight is the peak of the Geminids meteor shower. Last night, the Geminids put on quite the show. Streaks of light were shooting across the sky above the canyon. It was a breathtaking sight.
Photo provided by Erin Whittaker, Grand Canyon National Park
The Geminids Meteor Shower is here. It is the most spectacular meteor shower of the year with up to 100 shooting stars every hour. They will be here for 10 days from December 7th - 17th, peaking on December 13th. The meteor shower comes from the constellation of Gemini hence the name. wrap up warm and go out and see one of natures most dazzling displays. The Meteor shower can be seen worldwide.
Here’s an amaaazing view of a fireball (brighter-than-usual meteor) captured while the photographer Alvin Wu viewed the Geminids meteor shower a few days ago over Mt. Balang, China. That’s why I always let people know of meteor showers, you have a chance to spot so many ‘shooting stars’ including those really jaw-dropping like this one.
This composite image was recorded over four December nights (12-15) in 2008 from Hungary. The streaks are meteor trails from the annual Geminids meteor shower. The finished picture combines 113 different frames and captures 123 separate meteors. (Credit: Erno Berko)
The Geminid meteor shower is the most intense meteor shower of the year. It lasts for several days (Dec. 12-16), is rich in fireballs and can be seen from almost any point on Earth. The 2013 peak rate is between 100-120 meteors per hour. The waxing gibbous moon will reduce the rate by half, except for the brief time between moonset (4 a.m. local time) and sunrise.
“Since the Geminids were first discovered, they’ve been intensifying annually. In recent years, the Geminids have been producing over 100 meteors per hour, and this year they’re expected to peak Saturday night, with rates somewhere between 120 and 160 meteors per hour! The only people who’ll have a better view than we do if we have clear skies are the astronauts on board the ISS!”
Astrophotographer Juan Carlos Casado captured the space weather event in a series of exposures spanning about 2.3 hours using a wide angle lens. The snowcapped Teide volcano of the Canary Islands of Spain towers in the foreground, while the constellation of Orion highlights the background.
“Tonight and tomorrow night – Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13 – are the peak nights of 2014’s Geminid meteor shower. How fortunate that the Geminids will peak over weekend this year, as the best viewing hours are typically in the wee hours after midnight.”