Really bright Geminid meteor shower could be coming

Really bright Geminid meteor shower could be coming

In 2017, moonlight is not predicted to impact the spectacle, as it did in 2016, as the moon will be a waning crescent, making for excellent conditions.

Local astronomer, Mr Andrew Murrell, will also be at the workshop to share stories of the night sky and solar system, and will have a giant Dobsonian Telescope on hand for an unforgettable view of the meteor show. The meteors emanate from the Gemini constellation - hence the name - and this year, we're in for a particularly dazzling show.

Every year on about the same dates, Earth passes through swarms of rocky particles associated with the orbits of various comets. This year should offer a wonderful meteor show.

How many of these shooting stars can you expect to see?

"The Geminids is always a visual treat to experience and document, and this year I wanted to bring that experience to more people through my workshop", Mr Magro said.

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The imminent Geminids meteor shower might be just the elevation our spirits need to see out what's been a pretty turbulent year. The Geminids produce visible meteors in the night sky from about December 4 to December 16, though the peak of the shower, with as many as 120 meteors visible per hour, is during the night of December 13 and early morning of December 14.

How many meteors will you see?

On the night of the December 13 and 14, Perth Observatory will be open from 10:30pm to 2am and stargazers can book to view the Geminids at the Observatory here.

The a year ago that there were similarly favorable conditions for the Geminids I saw 68 of them in my best hour, along with about 14 meteors from other directions.

The Geminids should be visible to the naked eye across the Central Coast, but areas with high vantage points and minimal light pollution will make for the best viewing. But some of them will be bright meteors, maybe a few brighter than any star or planet, or even as bright as the moon. The few Geminids that do occur then, however, will tend to be "earthgrazers" - meteors with incredibly long flights, sometimes nearly all the way across the sky. But at the same time the next day the moon is dramatically close to the upper right of bright Jupiter.

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