Monday, 11. December 2006
Weeklong Meteor Shower to Dazzle
|The annual Geminid meteor shower is expected to produce a reliable shooting star show that will get going Sunday and peak the middle of next week.|
The Geminid event is known for producing one or two meteors every minute during the peak for viewers with dark skies willing to brave chilly nights.
If the Geminid Meteor Shower occurred during a warmer month, it would be as familiar to most people as the famous August Perseids. Indeed, a night all snuggled-up in a sleeping bag under the stars is an attractive proposition in summer.
But it's hard to imagine anything more bone chilling than lying on the ground in mid-December for several hours at night.
But if you are willing to bundle up, late next Wednesday night into early Thursday morning will be when the Geminids are predicted to be at their peak.
The Geminids are a very fine winter shower, and usually the most satisfying of all the annual showers, even surpassing the Perseids.
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A Geminid meteor streaks across the night sky, with
circular star trails whirling the background,
in a time-exposure photo made by astronomer
Jimmy Westlake in December 1985.
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