|Stargazing bench. Image: suphakit73; FreeDigitalPhotos.|
The 2012 Geminid Meteor Shower, potentially visible from December 7th to December 17th, will be at its peak on the night of December 13th through December 14th. The Geminid, visible in both hemispheres, is the final major meteor shower of the year. It is known as Winter's Fireworks, because the meteors appear in a variety of colors.
City lights, called light pollution, can interfere with viewing. So can reflected moonlight. Happily, the new moon allows optimal viewing of this year's light show.
Meteor showers are named for the constellation they appear to be near. The Geminid Meteor Shower appears near the constellation Gemini the Twins.
Check out these sites for more information abou tthe Geminid Meteor Shower, including recommended viewing times for your corner of the globe.
- EarthSky's meteor shower guide for 2012
- StarDate 2012 Meteor Showers
- American Meteor Society
- Starry Skies: Gemini
- The Holiday Whiz: Gemini, May 21 to June 20
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