I saw this recently on Space – The Geminids peak next week! Here’s how to spot them despite the bright moon. https://www.space.com/total-solar-eclipse-2021-viewing-guide Slightly longer article, but here’s what I considered the first portion of the article. I thought it was a good Space Saturday post.
By Joe Rao December 10, 2021
The Geminids peak next week! Here’s how to spot them despite the bright moon.
The December Geminid meteor shower is usually considered the most satisfying of the annual meteor displays, but this year, the moon will put a damper on the spectacle.
Unfortunately, the moon will be full on Dec. 18 and as such will seriously hamper viewing the peak of the Geminid meteor shower, predicted to occur during the overnight hours of Dec. 13-14. Bright moonlight will flood the sky for more than half of that night and will certainly play havoc with any serious attempts to observe these meteors.
The Geminids are already around, having been active only in a very weak and scattered form since around Dec. 7. But a noticeable upswing in Geminid activity is expected in the nights to come, leading up to their peak late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. Historically, this shower has a reputation for being rich both in slow, bright meteors as well as rather faint meteors, with relatively few of medium brightness. Many Geminids appear yellowish in hue.
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