The Geminids are coming!

If you’re fortunate enough to have clear skies this weekend, and the signs are good, don’t forget that the Geminids are due to make their annual appearance. Unlike last year, the moon has decide to take Sunday night off so conditions should be perfect for a good show when maximum activity is expected – Monday morning at 0510 UT. But there should still be plenty to see from around 9pm either tonight or tomorrow. The Irish Astronomical Association has viewing tips. Plenty of background – first observed in 1862 – and links at a previous reminder. Space Weather has a short video clip of an early arrival and points to a live video feed from Nasa’s all-sky meteor camera at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. As the Nasa press release/podcast says, “Recent trends favor a good show. Enjoy the Geminids!”. If they’re right, you can thank the extinct comet 3200 Phaethon – pictured right – the 5km wide potentially hazardous Near Earth Object… And our friend and lord, Jupiter. [What? Not the great Ogdy?! – Ed] No. Here’s some of what the camera at Huntsville saw last year even with the moon in view.

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  • Mark McGregor

    Pete,

    Did you hear the piece on GMU? Was it Conor? Asking the astronomer – [para] ‘Why are they called Geminids, do they come from the constellation of Gemini?’ [/para].

    Like wtf?

  • Pete Baker

    Mark

    Thankfully I missed that particular exchange.

  • joeCanuck

    I’m going to be in Havana, some cloudy periods, overnight temperature 19 c and the National Graveyard nearby which should be fairly dark.
    So, suck it up guys.

  • keithbelfast

    any pics of these coming out?

  • Pete Baker

    keith

    Try the Space Weather gallery.

    The Space Weather site will also have updates.

  • The Raven

    “Unlike last year, the moon has decide to take Sunday night off”

    …however, just like last year, and during every other bloody shower, the clouds on the North Coast HAVE NOT. Ffs…

  • Pete Baker

    You should be further inland, Raven.

    Where the skies are clear and the Geminids are coming in at a fair rate.