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13

Dec

How to watch the Geminid meteor showerGeminid meteors have a reputation for being bright and slow, a shower of brilliant fireballs that streak through the sky.
The Geminid meteor shower — named for the constellation Gemini — is peaking late tonight into Saturday morning, potentially treating stargazers in light-free areas to about 90 to 120 meteors per hour. Observers can expect to get the best views of the shower, weather permitting, at around 4 a.m. local time in the wee hours of Saturday morning after the waxing moon sets.

How to watch the Geminid meteor shower
Geminid meteors have a reputation for being bright and slow, a shower of brilliant fireballs that streak through the sky.

The Geminid meteor shower — named for the constellation Gemini — is peaking late tonight into Saturday morning, potentially treating stargazers in light-free areas to about 90 to 120 meteors per hour. Observers can expect to get the best views of the shower, weather permitting, at around 4 a.m. local time in the wee hours of Saturday morning after the waxing moon sets.

14

Dec

Stunning Geminid meteor shower wows skywatchersExperts had predicted that viewers in rural areas might see 100 meteors per hour early Friday morning — and perhaps even more.

Stunning Geminid meteor shower wows skywatchers
Experts had predicted that viewers in rural areas might see 100 meteors per hour early Friday morning — and perhaps even more.

10

Dec

Catch a ‘gem’ of a meteor shower this weekWith a new moon phase starting on Dec. 13, the Geminid meteor shower will appear in a dark and moonless sky, making for perfect viewing conditions.

Catch a ‘gem’ of a meteor shower this week
With a new moon phase starting on Dec. 13, the Geminid meteor shower will appear in a dark and moonless sky, making for perfect viewing conditions.

06

Dec

Meteors to bombard Earth this monthThe 2012 Geminids should be especially striking, and they might be joined by a new meteor shower from the comet Wirtanen, according to NASA.

Meteors to bombard Earth this month
The 2012 Geminids should be especially striking, and they might be joined by a new meteor shower from the comet Wirtanen, according to NASA.

15

Dec

Reactions to the 2011 Geminid meteor showerThe Geminid meteor shower is an annual sky show created by pieces of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, which sheds dusty debris.

Reactions to the 2011 Geminid meteor shower
The Geminid meteor shower is an annual sky show created by pieces of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, which sheds dusty debris.