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Spectacular Geminid Meteor Shower 2012: When and Where to Watch This Week

EarthSky.org is saying that because there will be no moon, 2012 will be a great year to see this meteor shower.

The final major meteor shower of the year, the Geminid meteor shower 2012, will peak overnight on Thursday, Dec. 13 into Friday morning and if you are willing to stay up late you should be able to see a great show. 

NASA reports that the Geminids is a relatively young meteor shower, with the first sightings occurring in the 1830s with rates of about 20 per hour. Over time the rate of visible meteors has increased and now viewers can expect to see 80 and 120 meteors per hour at its peak.

Earthsky.org reports viewers can begin to watch the Geminids starting at 9 or 10 p.m. on Thursday. The peak will likely be sometime between 1 to 3 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14. That’s when the shower’s radiant point is highest in the sky as seen around the world.

"With no moon to ruin the show, 2012 presents a most favorable year for watching the grand finale of the meteor showers," Earthsky reports. "Best viewing of the Geminids will probably be from about 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. on December 14."

Tips for watching from Earthsky.org:

What to bring: You can comfortably watch meteors from many places, assuming you have a dark sky: your backyard or deck, the hood of your car, the side of a road. Consider a blanket or reclining lawn chair, a Thermos with a hot drink, binoculars for gazing along the pathway of the Milky Way. Be sure to dress warmly enough.

Alissa Dorman December 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Why is it that this article and all like it always come out after the fact. That isn't informative. It's annoying and not at all good journalism.
Jessica Remo (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Hi Alissa - This article was published yesterday morning. I'm sorry if you missed it then, but we did have it up in advance of the meteor shower.
dawn miller December 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM
thanks for the info,i was able to view it in union county,tons of them right in my front yard and above my house. I was like a little kid laying on the grass and freezing, mesmerized by one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. I was so excited too bcz I saw a huge and very bright shooting star or comet,whatever it was it was the neatest thing I've seen in ages. thanks for keeping us updated,i was very tired this morning but it was so worth staying up for!


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