Geminid Meteor Shower

This could be something fun and memorable to do with your children.

From SpaceWeather:

GEMINID METEOR SHOWER: Earth is passing through a stream of debris from “rock comet” 3200 Phaethon, source of the annual Geminid meteor shower.  Around the world, observers are counting as many as 60 shooting stars per hour, a number which could increase sharply as the shower peaks on the night of Dec. 13-14.  Wherever you live, the best time to look is during the dark hours between local midnight and sunrise.

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  1. Imrahil says:

    Really this week? Not the next one?

    For the German mnemonic is (in a rough translation for which I apologize) “Ashes, Pent’cost, Cross, Lucy — Wednesday next the Embers be”.

  2. Imrahil says:

    Wrong combox. I’m really sorry.

  3. ejcmartin says:

    Just came in from a beautiful clear night with my boys 6 & 10. Although they were more inclined to beam their flashlights everywhere and run into the woods, we managed to see approximately 8 meteors in the space of 15 minutes or so. It is nights like these that I really appreciate moving out of the city.

  4. Laura says:

    We saw seven in the space of 15 minutes last evening. Best viewing is to LOOK EAST!

  5. CatholicCaliGirl says:

    Despite living in town, me and my little sister went out and saw 14 shooting stars in the space of 20 minutes! I totally don’t regret her dragging me out in 37 degree weather now! :)

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