Don’t miss the Geminid meteor shower tonight! Dec 13-14

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December’s Geminid meteor shower is happening tonight! The best viewing should be from late night December 13 till dawn December 14.  The radiant point rises in the east in mid-evening, it’s highest between 02:00 -03:00 a.m. Apparently you can watch the wonderful meteor shower in Greece too! Start looking to the east after 9 or 10 p.m. provided there are no clouds…

As a general rule, it’s either the Geminids or the August Perseids that give us the most prolific meteor display of the year. Unlike many meteor showers, you can start watching for the Geminids around 9 to 10 p.m. – in years when the moon is out of the sky. The moon interferes during the evening hours this year, and doesn’t set till around midnight. However, this shower tends to gain strength after midnight and to climax at roughly 2 o’clock in the morning, when the shower’s radiant point is highest in the sky. So look for the Geminids to be at their best after moonset.

Geminid meteor maximums commonly reach 50 or more meteors per hour. (More information here)

The astronomic phenomenon will continue until December 16, 2010.