Bad Astronomy

Got Geminids?

Tonight is the peak of the annual Geminid meteor shower, one of the better ones during the year. It doesn’t get as much publicity as the warmer-weather Perseids in August, or the sometimes spastically-stormy Leonids in November, but the Geminid shower is a solid, reliable one with upwards of 100 meteors per hour visible (though more like half that on average).

Discover Magazine has a nice article about them, and as usual I recommend reading my meteor shower observing advice… it was written for a different shower, but the general idea is the same. Bottom line: dress warmly, lie out in an area with lots of visible sky, and the best observing is after local midnight.

Have fun!