WATCH THE GEMINI METEORITE SHOWERS DEC 13th 2015

December 13: The Geminids

Dec 13th will be the best day. Watch after midnight when the moon sets.


With an average of 100 meteors per hour radiating from near the bright star Castor, this end-of-the-calendar shower is usually one of the year’s best.

You can start seeing the Gemini meteorites in December of each year. Look toward the Northeast sky at night starting around 9PM and almost directly overhead at around midnight. Under the best conditions one can see over 60 meteorites per hour with the naked eye.

The Gemini meteorite shower was discovered in 1862 and started out with just a few meteorites, the number of meteorites seen increasing until now one can see over 100 meteorites per hour at the best world-wide locations. Geminid meteors come from 3200 Phaethon, an asteroid discovered in 1983.

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