We’ve finally had a break in the snow clouds… will it be a big enough window for us to see the impressive Geminid meteor shower?
The Geminid shower is the most intense shooting star display of the year. It can best be seen this week, December 10th to 16th, but it peaks tonight and tomorrow night. Just when we’re getting a blast of warm air! Even though we might see as many as 120 meteors per hour, warm air will be a big part of our viewing pleasure.
The Geminids are the “weird” meteors. The comet they peel off, 3200 Phaethon, is a skeletal one – it has long ago lost all its ice so the Geminids are something more like grains of sand. Earth passes through the dead comet debris every December, creating the friction born fireballs, but lately the meteor shower has been getting brighter and more intense. This year is set to be no exception.
If it is too cloudy or too cold, NASA is posting a live feed of the shower that will be available December 13th and 14th only.
If you miss it completely… wait for the next blizzard and stand outside with a flashlight. You’ll see plenty of “shooting stars”!