The Geminid Meteor Shower Will Light up the Sky This Month

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According to Time and Date, the shower will reach its peak the night of Wednesday, Dec. 13 into the early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 14.

What if it's cloudy on the big night of the Geminids, Dec. 13-14?

The Geminids appear to emerge from the constellation Gemini, from which they take their name.

Local astronomer, Mr Andrew Murrell, will also be at the workshop to share stories of the night sky and solar system, and will have a giant Dobsonian Telescope on hand for an unforgettable view of the meteor show.

THE Geminids meteor shower will be active in the night skies above Perth from tonight.

The big occasion is the US getting flawless astronomical conditions for the strong Geminid meteor shower.

How many of these shooting stars can you expect to see?

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Geminids meteor shower 2017: Where and how to watch?

This point or "radiant" is in the constellation for which the shower is named.

Why is this year so favorable for the Geminids?

Reports suggest the shower is intensifying every year, with as many as 120-160 meteors per hour lighting up the skies under optimal conditions.

When looking at Gemini try to look about 30 to 45 degrees left or right of the constellation to spot the Geminids.

How many meteors will you see? In addition to magnificent glowing bright white meteors, Geminids have been known to produce yellow, blue, red and even green meteors.

The Geminids should be visible to the naked eye across the Central Coast, but areas with high vantage points and minimal light pollution will make for the best viewing. From 11 p.m.to 4 a.m. Geminid rates of 60 or more would be possible if skies are quite clear. If you live in the United Kingdom, with its unending proclivity for leaden skies, you may not be so lucky but don't despair; you may still get a chance to see some ethereal pairings of the crescent moon with the planets Jupiter and Mars instead.

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