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12/12/2014 – Ephemeris – The Geminids will zip through again this weekend

December 12, 2014

Ephemeris for Friday, December 12th.  The sun will rise at 8:10.  It’ll be up for 8 hours and 52 minutes, setting at 5:02.   The moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 11:19 this evening.

The Geminid meteor shower will reach its peak early Sunday morning, however the bright moon , rising after midnight will interfere.  The Geminids, however do have a number of really bright fireballs for which the Moon won’t matter.  The good news is that the Geminids will be visible all night. You don’t have to wait until the morning hours to see them.  So around midnight Saturday night will probably be the best time to see them.  Also the shower has a broad peak and there may be another peak on Monday or Tuesday night and morning.  The peak numbers per hour for the Geminids will be close to 120.  That’s the best for any year in and year out shower.  To bad it occurs in such a cloudy month.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

The numbers of Geminids are already rising.

NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office plots of fireball orbits for the night of December 10-11, 2014. The large number of yellow orbits oriented toward 2 o’clock are Geminids. Check spaceweather.com for each day’s fireball orbits. This plot includes 22 Geminid fireballs. Credit NASA via Spaceweather.com

Geminid Radiant

Geminid Radiant

Geminid Sky at 8 p.m.

The Eastern sky got the Geminid meteor shower at 8 p.m. December 13, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Geminid sky at midnight

The Eastern sky got the Geminid meteor shower at midnight December 14, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Remember Geminids can be seen all over the sky.  It’s their streaks that can be extended back to the radiant.

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