2012 Geminids Meteor Shower Visible Dec. 13—15

More than 50 meteors per hour or almost a meteor a minute will be visible during the Geminds meteor shower.

As you hang holiday lights and light the candles, cast your gaze upon the universe's natural fireworks, as well. 

On Dec. 13 the Geminid Meteor Shower is expected to begin.

  • The last shooting star cluster before New Year's is the Geminid Meteor Shower, expected to peak in the pre-dawn hours after midnight between Dec. 13 and Dec. 15. They will be visible in all parts of the sky and streak through the sky at more than 50 meteors per hour, almost a meteor a minute, according to EarthSky.com. The new moon is expected to fall on Dec. 13, making for optimal dark skies—as long as you avoid city lights and clouds, the website states.  

Be sure to schedule a night this season to bundle up, lay-out some blankets and enjoy the light show in the sky. 

Share your tips for photographing the showers, and tell us your favorite places in the area to sneak off to view the skies in the comments!

Patricia Elaine Chandler December 11, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I viewed the Persied Shower right from my backyard in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, took photos with my BlackBerry Torch (I have a Windows phone now:) and had a "crook" in my neck the whole next day because it was So Beautiful! It was a Full Moon that eve and Still, the Shower was amazing! I got photos of a Planet that was shifting and rising during the shower and it was Huge! Not sure if it was Saturn or Uranus but I got a Shot! Was amazed at what it was I was viewing with my naked Eye :) ... I've always Loved Astronomy and if I had had a head for math as a Child, I Know I'd be working at NASA today!


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