Geminid Meteor Shower 2016
The Geminid meteor shower is the grand finale of astronomical events in 2016. It’s the most reliable and prolific of the annual meteor showers.
This year the Moon is going to be full when the Geminids at their peak hiding the fainter meteors. Don’t let this put you off looking as there should still be plenty to see and the brighter meteors/ fireballs are spectacular!
Numerous bright Geminid meteors
Geminid rates can be in excess of 60 -100 shooting stars per hour at peak for those with clear dark (Moonless) skies.
Geminid meteors are usually bright and can leave long persistent trains.
If observing opportunities aren’t possible on the evenings of December 13th/ 14th and 14th/ 15th, observers can usually see high meteor activity a day or so either side of the peak on the evening of December 13th/ 14th.
For more info please see How to observe Meteors.
As well as being the grand finale of 2016, the Geminids are special in another way. Unlike most meteor showers the Geminids originate from an object known as 3200 Phaethon. Thought to be an asteroid, not a comet.
Geminid Meteor Shower 2016 – Meteorwatch
The event will be an excellent opportunity to learn, share information, pictures and more whatever your level of interest and will run for a few days. All you need to do is follow along using the #meteorwatch hashtag.
You don’t need a telescope or anything, just your eyes and a little bit of patience to see Geminid shooting stars.