Geminid Meteor Shower-December 14  

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This was the scene last year of a Geminid meteor streaking across the sky over the Mojave Desert:

More than a hundred meteors an hour may fall overnight on December 13 and 14, the peak of the annual Geminid meteor shower--this should be a beautifully amazing site!

To See Geminids, Look to the East

Geminid meteors appear to radiate from the shower's namesake constellation, Gemini, the twins from Greek legend. Gemini will rise above the eastern horizon at about 9 p.m. local time, so sky-watchers should face northeast to spot the meteors.

Observers in the Northern Hemisphere will have the advantage, because that's where Gemini will appear high in the night sky, making most of the shooting stars visible.

In the Southern Hemisphere, it will simply be lower in the sky have a lower rate

Dozens of shooting stars should be visible over the course of the entire week. But the main peak of activity will center on the early morning hours of December 14, between about 2 a.m. and dawn.


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Magaly Guerrero  

I'm so excited about watching! I shouldn't stay up because I have a bunch of work, but this life is kind of short, so I'll enjoy its goodness to the max; even if it's a bit irresponsible.

December 13, 2010 at 10:49 AM

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