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Centaur
2017-Dec-07, 12:19 AM
The annual Geminid Meteor Shower may already be underway. It is expected to peak during the night of 2017 DEC 13-14. Its radiant is in the constellation Gemini. That is the direction toward which the meteor tails point, but the meteors are equally likely to appear anywhere in your sky. The Orionids are debris from the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. That asteroid is expected to pass about 0.07 AU from Earth on DEC 16.

The Geminids have been presenting an increasingly intense shower in recent years. At the peak between 120 and 160 meteors per hour may be seen by some sharp eyed folks. The show begins after Gemini rises in the early evening and intensifies until morning twilight. Although observers south of the tropics will have to wait until midnight. The waning crescent Moon during the shower peak should not be much of a hindrance.

Descriptions of the shower or perhaps even lucky photos would be welcome additions to this thread. My calendar for the major meteor showers including Moon illumination data can be found at www.CurtRenz.com/asteroids.html