General Information / Talking Points
- Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks on the night of Dec. 13/14th.
- Hourly Rates during the peak can exceed: 100 – 120 meteors per hour.
- Peak Night Rates: 100-120 (rural skies) 40-60 (suburban skies) 20 (city skies)
- Moon: Waning Gibbous Moon that will rise in the evening and wash out all but the brightest meteors. Most will only see 20-30 meteors per hour this year.
- Earthgrazers: For the first two hours after the constellation Gemini rises (10pm-midnight) it is possible to see meteors streak from Gemini all the way across the sky. While these are rare – maybe only 1 or 2 – they are often bright and spectacular. These should be seen over the bright moon.
- Colorful Meteors: The Geminids tend to show various colors, especially green. (Green is from copper content in the meteors)
- The radiant (where the meteors appear to come from) in the Constellation Gemini is well above the local horizon by 9pm. This allows the Geminids to appear earlier in the evening than most of the other major meteor showers.
- The best viewing time (highest rates) will be between 2 and 4 am. Set your Alarm Clock!
- Geminids come from Comet 3200 Phaethon
- Watch the MeteorCam for Detections and updates.
Please visit the Meteor Detection Page to see images of the latest Geminids detected by the MeteorCam. Any of these images may be freely used by the media to cover the meteor shower.
The following Video clips from the Perseid Meteor Shower may also be used.
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