Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Geminid Meteor Shower Dec 13-14

Make hot cocoa. Bundle up. Tell your friends. The best meteor shower of 2009 is about to fall over North America on a long, cold December night.

'It's the Geminid meteor shower,' says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. 'and it will peak on Dec. 13th and 14th under ideal viewing conditions.'

A new Moon will keep skies dark for a display that Cooke and others say could top 140 meteors per hour. According to the International Meteor Organization, maximum activity should occur around 12:10 a.m. EST (0510 UT) on Dec. 14th. The peak is broad, however, and the night sky will be rich with Geminids for many hours and perhaps even days around the maximum."