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Centaur
2018-Dec-08, 09:38 PM
The annual Geminid Meteor Shower may already be underway. It is expected to peak during the night of 2018 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 Geminids are debris from the asteroid 3200 Phaethon.

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 waxing 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 https://www.CurtRenz.com/asteroids.html

Roger E. Moore
2018-Dec-14, 09:11 PM
Really hoping the rain stops tonight so my wife and I can see some of the meteors. Looking forward to this, but with trepidation.