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12/11/2015 – Ephemeris – The Geminid meteor shower will be cranking up this weekend

December 11, 2015

Ephemeris for Friday, December 11th.  The Sun will rise at 8:09.  It’ll be up for 8 hours and 52 minutes, setting at 5:02.  The Moon is new today, and won’t be visible.

Over the weekend and through Monday night the Geminid Meteor shower will be seen.  This shower is actually the bet of the year, with higher hourly counts of meteors than the more famous Perseid meteor shower of August.  Around here the cold weather and the more than even chance that it will be cloudy have kept this astronomer from having seen even one.  Maybe this year.  The Geminids can be seen all night because the radiant point is in the northern sky, well north of the celestial equator at least.  At 9 p.m. the constellation Gemini rises sideways with the namesake of the twins, the stars Castor and Pollux vertically aligned in the east with Castor on top.  The closest to the peak numbers will be seen Monday early morning and Monday night.

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


All sky

All Sky view one hour intervals for The Geminid meteor shower the night of December 13-14, 2015.. Note the radiant “GemR”. Created with my LookingUp program and GIMP.

Note the times are in Universal time conversion to local time.

 UT     EST
  2     9 p.m.
  3    10 p.m.
  4    11 p.m.
  5    12 m.
  6     1 a.m.
  7     2 a.m.
  8     3 a.m.
  9     4 a.m.
 10     5 a.m.
 11     6 a.m.

For locations other than EST Eastern Standard time (UT – 5 hours), just use EST as your local time.  The latitude is set for near 45º north.

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