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Geminid meteor shower this week

Posted December 12, 2011

We've had a couple of questions lately about the Geminid meteor shower. It is an annual shower known for some of the most reliable, and highest rate, displays each year.

The peak of the shower usually sets in from the nights of December 12/13 (Tuesday night/Wednesday morning this year) and 13/14.

It appears we'll have at least a reasonable amount of breaks in the clouds, and perhaps mostly clear skies with good visibility, for the event this year, but there is a fly in the ointment in the form of a bright gibbous moon that will rise in the evening and stay up through the night.

The bright moonlight tends to work against being able to see a lot of meteors that would otherwise be visible, so this year's Geminids is not expected to be an especially spectacular display.

I've included a meteor shower guide and a more in-depth look at how to view the Geminid meteor shower for anyone still planning to get out and have a look.


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  • Screw WrAl Dec 12, 2011

    We should enjoy any meteor shower we can get because it will be the closest thing to snow this area will see this winter. Drought continues, record high temps continue and will be a plenty once again this winter and Spring will arrive 6-8 weeks early. Sorry Fish, another winter is another bust for the delusional dream of seeing snow anywhere near this area.

  • oldrebel Dec 12, 2011

    Seems like this is usually an outstanding show but it's always so durn cold. One of my idelible memories is trying to keep my little family intact up on Jordan Dam while the shower was in progress. It was so cold the little camper stove I carried with which to makesome hot chocolate never brought the pot to a boil! LOL Before it was over ( in the very wee hours just before dawn) everyone else ended up in the car (with heat) while I stayed out on the dam, wrapped in blankets stretched out on a lawn recliner, watching the most stupendos meteor shower in my lifetime.

  • dbass Dec 12, 2011

    Saw one this morning about 5:45. Must have been early for the shower!