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.