Sunday, December 12, 2010

Geminid meteor shower across the December Sky

Here is a chance to see some meteors or shooting stars this month of December. Every year in mid-December, Earth runs into a stream of debris from an extinct coment, 3200 Phaethon. This causes meteors to fly from the constellation Gemini, thus the name Geminids meteor shower.

This year's Geminid meteor shower promises to be lively, with 50-80 meteors per hour and potential peaks reaching 120 meteors per hour. Anytime between December 12-16 is a valid window for Geminid-watching, but the night of Dec. 13-14 is the anticipated peak.

According to Wikipedia, the meteors in this shower can appear almost anywhere in the night sky, and often appear yellowish in hue. The meteors travel at medium speed in relation to other showers, at about 22 miles per second, making them fairly easy to spot. The Geminids are now considered by many to be the most consistent and active annual shower. So watch the skies from mid-Dec onwards for a meteor shower treat.

If the weather is uncooperative or too cold for Geminid-watching, you can always watch live feeds on the NASA site on the night of Dec 13-14.

Enjoy! and don't forget to make a wish!

Related article:
Geminid Observing Tips

Image source: Wikipedia


  1. I have never seen a real meteor before. Even if I am notified, I just don't have the patience to stay awake at night.

    If I'm not moving, then it's time to sleep. =p

  2. Mid Dec 13-14. Have not seen any before would be too taxing to stay up late or early in the morning. tQ

  3. I probably won't be waiting to watch it. :D

  4. I have never been lucky enough to catch meteor showers!

  5. Hi Thiruppathy Raja, thank you and thank you too for stopping by.

    Shingo, this meteor shower doesn't need patience to wait up at night. There are between 50-80 meteors every hour throughout these days. Who knows the next time you look up at the sky, you might catch them shooting by up above.

  6. Bananaz, no need to stay up late for this shower as what I mentioned in my reply to Shingo above.

    Lina, no waiting required as there are plenty every hour as mentioned in my response to Shingo's comment.

  7. Foong, maybe this time you'd be lucky.

  8. cool, are we able to see that in KL?? many times i heard people telling me there is meteor shower i just missed out seeing them~~

  9. I've seen some great meteor showers in California and Hawaii, but here in Japan the weather never seems to want to cooperate. :(

    If you are in an area with clear skies, don't miss these events. Even without meteors, just looking up at the night sky (especially with binoculars if you have them) is an experience that can change your view of the universe and your place in it.


  10. Saw 14 shooting stars tonight from Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia!

  11. Hola ppl, chilling at Kampung Kasipillay from 1:45am till 3am, i saw about 10 shooting stars... Awesome.... super duper fast....
    Try to see if tonight will be lucky to see again....

  12. what time exactly on dec 13 will the peak of the show be from kuala lumpur?
    and is there any recommended spots to view it? any awesome place? thx