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Centaur
2012-Dec-13, 02:43 AM
The annual Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak globally around 21 hr UT (15 hr CST) on 2012 DEC 13. Unlike the usual recommendation to observe after midnight, this shower should be fairly prominent most of the night since Gemini rises around 18:00 local time. So Thursday night should be best for North Americans, but tonight (Wednesday) may be equally good. In general, northern hemisphere observers have the advantage.

The constellation Gemini is the radiant, meaning the meteors’ tails appear to be pointing back toward it. However, the meteors are about as likely to appear anywhere in your sky.

Unlike most meteor showers, the Geminids are believed to be remnants of an asteroid rather than a comet. They were first observed in 1862, far more recently than most of the major showers. The display has been increasing in intensity in recent years, with reports averaging two meteors per minute. The Dark Moon will provide no hindrance this year.

I provide a calendar of upcoming meteor showers that includes Moon illumination information at: www.CurtRenz.com/asteroids

Descriptions and perhaps lucky photos of the meteors would be welcome additions to this thread.

AtomicDog
2012-Dec-14, 06:39 AM
Just came indoors; saw seven in about a ten minute period. Trails very short. Most meteors stayed close to the radiant, with a couple about twenty degrees away from it.

Swift
2012-Dec-14, 02:03 PM
Happened to see one when I put out the garbage around 8:30 p.m. local time. My wife and I went outside around 10:00 p.m. and watched for about 5 to 10 minutes and didn't see a single one.

Rhaedas
2012-Dec-14, 03:32 PM
May be a day late for the main shower, but saw three in the time span this morning of between 1:45 am and 4 am. One was a nice slow Earth grazer, took about 2-3 secs to break apart near the horizon.

Centaur
2012-Dec-15, 09:54 PM
Thanks for your fine reports, folks. Results seem to be quite bountiful from most observers on other message boards.