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Really bright Geminid meteor shower could be coming

Really bright Geminid meteor shower could be coming

The Geminid meteor shower will be taking place for the next two weeks, starting tonight (Dec. 4).

Touted by Perth Observatory as the meteor shower to see in the southern hemisphere, they reach their peak on the nights of December 13 and 14.

Geminids are the slowpokes of the meteor world.

A view of a Meteor Shower.

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The Geminds are named for the Gemini constellation in the northeastern nigh sky, from which they appear to emanate.

When looking at Gemini try to look about 30 to 45 degrees left or right of the constellation to spot the Geminids. Orion's Belt, with three bright evenly spaced stars, is usually easy to find. Above and to the left of that, the bright star Betelgeuse forms Orion's shoulder, and Gemini is further up and to the left of Betelgeuse.

We are in luck this year with only the light from a slender, waning crescent moon to contend with.

The Geminids are known as particularly bright meteors, especially when they flash across dark night skies, which December 13-14 should be this year. In addition, the brilliant planet Jupiter will be rising in the east around the peak of the Geminids meteor shower and will be visible until dawn. "Meteor showers are best seen without any special equipment - just look up, stay warm, and enjoy the show". This year should offer a wonderful meteor show.


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