Get your telescopes ready Tioga County!  The Geminid Meteor Show will be hitting tomorrow night, starting around 9 pm and last into Saturday morning.  It is projected that the actual peak for the meteor shower will come in the early morning hours tomorrow.  The meteors come from the Gemini Constellation.  The peak hours will offer 120 meteors per hour racing across the earth’s sky.

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Editor’s Note- the article originally stated the meteor shower was scheduled to hit tonight.  Thanks to our reader, Melissa Taynton, for catching our mistake.

 

We have included some information from the NASA website on the Gemenid Meteor Shower below:

from NASA:

2013 Geminids Forecast
This year the Geminids will peak during the night (starting at 9-10 p.m.) and early morning hours of 13 and 14 of December. A nearly full moon will make 2013 an unfavorable year for watching the Geminids. However, since the Geminids are bright meteors you still may be able to view this plentiful shower.

Fast Facts

  • Origin: 3200 Phaethon (an asteroid or a possible “rock comet”)
  • Radiant: constellation Gemini
  • Active: 4-17 Dec. 2013
  • Peak Activity: 13-14 Dec. 2013
  • Peak Activity Meteor Count: Approximately 120 meteors per hour
  • Meteor Velocity: 35 km (22 miles) per second

About the Meteor Shower
The Geminids, which peak during mid-December each year, are considered to be one of the best and most reliable annual meteor showers. The Geminids did not start out that way. The Geminids first began appearing in the mid-1800s. However, the first showers were not noteworthy with only 10 – 20 meteors seen per hour. Since that time, the Geminids have grown to become one of the most major showers of the year. During its peak, 120 Geminid meteors can be seen per hour.

The Geminids are bright and fast meteors and tend to be yellow in color. Geminids are also known for their fireball meteors. Fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an average meteor streak. This is due to the fact that fireballs originate from larger particles of material. Fireballs are also brighter, with magnitudes brighter than -3.

Viewing Tips
The Geminids are best viewed during the night and pre-dawn hours and are visible across the globe due to a nearly 24-hour broad maximum. This shower is considered one of the best opportunities for young viewers since this shower starts around 9 or 10 p.m. To view the Geminids, find an area well away from city or street lights. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair. Lie flat on your back with your feet facing south and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Be patient — the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.

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