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Tips for Viewing the Geminid Meteor Shower | Universe Today

26 Nov 2009, 16:36 UTC
Tips for Viewing the Geminid Meteor Shower | Universe Today
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Tips for Viewing the Geminid Meteor Shower | Universe Today
Here are some tips for viewing the upcoming Geminid meteor shower from Sean Welton from Universe Today

Occurring every year in mid-December, the Geminid meteor shower is commonly referred to as the most reliable meteor shower of the year. That is, it almost always puts on a great show!
The Geminid meteor shower is sure to be a stunning show this year, as the Moon will not be visible at night, so its glow will not impede your meteor viewing ability. In addition, the Geminids’ radiant is favorably positioned for most viewers at this time of year. In order to see the most meteors, I suggest the following tips:

The Geminid meteor shower has a very broad maximum peak. Because of this, the night on which you view the meteors isn’t critical. You will of course, see more meteors on the peak nights. This year the Geminid meteor shower’s peak is the night of December 13th-14th, 2009.
The best time to view a meteor shower is in the late night to early morning hours. The best time to view a meteor shower typically begins around 2 AM. This is because ...

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