Geminid Meteor Shower

Will it be a clear night for the meteor shower?

Starting on 4 December and ending on the 17 December, the Geminid meteor shower is for most, the highlight of the meteor shower calendar in 2015.

Peak of the meteor shower

The peak of the Geminid meteor shower takes place over the 13-14 December when at its peak you will be able to see more than 50 shooting stars per hour. These are commonly bright and the shooting stars have long persisting trains.

The Geminids is different to other meteor showers as Geminid meteors originate from an asteroid, as opposed to a comet, meaning they are very rocky and gritty, making them slightly easier to see than other showers.

Ideal weather conditions

The best time to view the Geminids is between sunset, local time and before sunrise.

Star gazers will be looking for clear, cloudless skies to have the best possible chance of catching a glimpse of the meteor shower. Ideally a location away from light pollution will be of benefit.  

For top star gazing tips check out our Watching the Geminid meteor shower guide to watching the Geminid meteor shower (PDF, 140 kB) , and to find out when other meteor events are taking place visit the  Meteorwatch website.

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