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Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week! How to See Year's Best Meteor Display

Postby MrFredPFL » Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:25 pm

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This pre-Christmas display of celestial fireworks is due to reach its peak during the long, dark hours from Wednesday night (Dec. 13) into early Thursday morning (Dec. 14).

The moon will be a thin, waning crescent that won't rise until the predawn hours, when the Geminids reach their peak. This annual shower is as reliable as the Perseids of August and is now, according to British meteor expert Alastair McBeath, "one of the very best presently seen from the Earth." [Geminid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It]

You may not be overly excited about the prospects of spending a night under the stars looking for Geminid meteors. After all, mid-December is a mighty cold time to lie on your back at night and stare at the sky (at least for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere).

But ask the majority of experienced meteor observers which meteor display they would prefer to view, and the majority will go with the Geminids, which are nicknamed the "Gems." Indeed, many skywatchers now consider these meteors to be stronger and more satisfying than the famous Perseids. The Gems are a rich meteor display that is apparently on the rise.

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