Geminid meteor shower peak

13/12/2018 @ 6:00 pm – 14/12/2018 @ 6:30 am Europe/London Timezone

Some activity from the shower is visible from 04th Dec to 16th December. The peak of the shower this year is the morning of the 14th but can be seen from early evening on the 13th. Peak rates are around 75 per hour, but that would be from a dark sky site. The best time to view the shower is after midnight.

This shower is caused by our Earth passing through debris left behind by asteroid 3200 Phaethon.

To view the shower you should try to get away from light sources. The meteors will originate from the constellation of Gemini (in the East) but you should lie back and take in a much of the sky as possible, you could see them in any part of the sky.

The image shows the radiant at 23:40 on the 13th

(image is from Stellarium, a fantastic piece of free software)

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