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Geminid Meteor Shower

December 13 & 14, 2001

Source: Sky & Telescope

The complete absence of moonlight augurs well for the Geminid meteors, which are due to peak on Thursday night, December 1314. This shower sometimes surpasses even the Perseids of August. As many as 75 slow, graceful Geminids might be seen per hour under ideal conditions. They tend to be bright and appear yellow. Rates increase steadily for several days before maximum, then drop off quickly.

A productive Geminid watch can begin as early as 10 p.m. local time, because the shower's radiant (near Castor) is already fairly high in the sky by then. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, bundle up warmly!

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