Geminid Meteor Shower Dec. 13-15 Has Potential to be Spectacular

Minimal moon interference means this could be the best meteor shower of the year, according to experts.

The last shooting star cluster before New Year's is the Geminid Meteor Shower, expected to peak in the pre-dawn hours after midnight between Thursday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 15. They will be visible in all parts of the sky at more than 50 meteors per hour, almost a meteor a minute, according to EarthSky.com. The new moon is expected to fall on Dec. 13, making for optimal dark skies—as long as you avoid city lights and clouds, the website states.  

Geminid Meteors are usually the most satisfying, surpassing the famous Perseids in August, according to an article on msnbc.com.

"Studies of past displays show that this shower has a reputation for being rich both in slow, bright, graceful meteors and fireballs as well as faint meteors," the article states.

The Geminids are predicted to reach peak activity at about 7 p.m. Dec. 13.

Share your tips for photographing the showers. Tell us your favorite places to sneak off to view the skies.

Abigail Bellamy December 10, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Love this! I also found some great info on http://www.spacedex.com/geminids if anyone is interested!


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