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: An almost Full Moon this year may cut the number of easily visible meteors in half.
  • 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.

Bonus: The bright ‘star’ rising in the east after dark is Jupiter, which is currently in Gemini.  The Meteor Shower radiant will be to the left of Jupiter as viewed from Arkansas in the early evening.

Media Resources

geminiThe sky as it appears in Arkansas around 10pm local time on the night of the peak. The bright stars Castor & Pollux mark the ‘heads’ of the Gemini twins. They can be found just to the left of Jupiter, which will be the brightest ‘star’ in the eastern sky in early evening. The Gemini meteors will appear to come from near Castor.



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.

Perseid B-Roll
Perseid B-Roll
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Perseid B-Roll
Perseid B-Roll
perseid_B_roll.wmv
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Perseid Fireball
Perseid Fireball
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Perseid Fireball.avi
Perseid Fireball.avi
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Perseid Meteor.avi
Perseid Meteor.avi
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Perseid Meteor.wmv
Perseid Meteor.wmv
M20130806_232206__.wmv
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Please contact us at observatory@arkansassky.com if we can provide further information or resources.