As the year 2011 is drawing to a close, meteor-watchers are excited to watch the last big show of Geminid Meteor peaking on the nights of 13 and 14 December in bright moon as the moon is only a few days past full. The best time to look for the show is 10 p.m. local time Tuesday 13 December (especially if you’re in the Americas) and sunrise on Wednesday 14 (especially if you’re in Asia) December because that’s when the shower’s radiant point is highest in the sky as seen around the world. Between 80 and 120 shooting stars originating from the constellation Gemini can be seen on across the skies during the peak of the annual celestial show. On Geminid Meteor Shower 2011, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke predicts that sky watchers can be able to see up to 40 shooting stars per hour on the sky.
The Geminid meteor shower happens in the mid-December each year when the Earth passes through a stream of debris from an object called 3200 Phaetheon. In general rule, it is either the August Perseids or the December Geminids. Bill Cooke also said, “Our all-sky network of meteor cameras has captured several early Geminid fireballs. They were so bright, we could see them despite the moonlight”. The best way to spot meteors is to bring along a buddy.
A Geminid meteor was seen above one of the peaks of the Seven Sisters rock formation on 14 December 2010 in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. The shower is visible every December
Geminid Meteors hit Earth's atmosphere at the speed of around 160,000 kilometers an hour. They burn up and create beautiful streaks of light. The meteor appears to radiate from the constellation Gemini
A Geminid meteor streaked above one of the peaks of the Seven Sisters rock formation on 24 December 2010. The Geminids have been observed for the last 150 years and this year’s edition of the Geminid shower has to compete with an 89% full moon
The 2011 Geminid meteor shower will be better if you try watching in darkness after sunset and before moonrise. The Geminid radiant point is close to a noticeable bright star – one of the Gemini “twins” – the star Castor
Geminid Meteor Shower Visible Through Bright Moon