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."
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Posted by Ben Cunningham at 8:36 PM