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Really bright Geminid meteor shower could be coming

Really bright Geminid meteor shower could be coming

The Geminids produce visible meteors in the night sky from about December 4 to December 16, though the peak of the shower, with as many as 120 meteors visible per hour, is during the night of December 13 and early morning of December 14. The 2017 Geminids meteor shower will soon be heres - no telescope or binoculars required.

The Geminds are named for the Gemini constellation in the northeastern nigh sky, from which they appear to emanate. We may still see some of these meteors on neighboring nights, in addition to viewing several attractive pairings of the crescent moon with the planets Jupiter and Mars. The thin crescent Moon does not rise until 3:57 a.m. Thursday and will not interfere with the meteor shower.

They are often bold, white and bright. Always one of the most active showers of the year, the Geminids this month will land on a night with nearly ideal conditions. That being said, you'll have to temper your expectations according to where you live; the light pollution in cities can impede visibility considerably, with numbers dwindling to around 10-15 per hour.

Geminids meteor shower 2017: Where and how to watch?

This workshop is suitable for amateur photographers of all ages and will demonstrate the skills of night-sky photography, including post-production techniques.

Why is this year so favorable for the Geminids?

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While the beauty of the Geminids can't be debated, one thing that can be is their source.

You're more likely to see the shower if you live on the east coast of the United States, given the moon is due to rise about 3.30am, with just a sliver (10% or so) illuminated, meaning its brilliance won't outshine (quite literally) that of the shower.

"It's always wonderful, but with no lunar interference this year, it's going to be really special", he added.

What if it's cloudy on the big night of the Geminids, Dec. 13-14?

Attendees should bring their own DSLR camera, lens and tripod to take part. Then participants will head out to sit a spell and watch the sky.

If the weather is clear Wednesday night next week, our skies are likely to fill with the greatest number of visible shooting stars we've had in quite a few years. Be patient, and remember it takes about 20 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the dark.


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