The Most Spectacular Meteor Shower of the Year Is Upon Us

James Marshall
December 7, 2017

The Geminid shower ranks as both the richest and most reliable of the annual meteor showers.

With the moon but a slender wisp, conditions could hardly be better for this year's premier shower.

The shower will appear from the direction of the constellation Gemini, and climb slowly into the sky throughout the night, Earth Sky reports.

An hour or so before sunrise on December 13, the crescent moon is just above the now dim planet Mars, with Jupiter well to the lower left. The thin crescent Moon does not rise until 3:57 a.m. Thursday and will not interfere with the meteor shower.

They are often bold, white and bright.

The Geminids can produce as many as 50 shooting stars per hour, nearly one a minute.

The greatest number of meteors fall in the wee hours after midnight, centred around 2:00am, according to space and astronomy researcher and educator for EarthSky, Ms Deborah Byrd.

Mr Magro has chosen Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures to capture the 2017 shower, and will also be presenting a free night-sky photography workshop for Glenworth Valley campers from 7pm on December 9.

Why is this year so favorable for the Geminids? While we won't be able to see much in Montreal because of the city lights, dark places away from the city should see over 100 shooting stars per hour.

While the beauty of the Geminids can't be debated, one thing that can be is their source.

At its peak, up to 120 meteors per hour could be visible according to Time and Date, which makes the Geminids one of the most spectacular meteor showers each year.

"It's always wonderful, but with no lunar interference this year, it's going to be really special", he added.

What if it's cloudy on the big night of the Geminids, Dec. 13-14?

It will also be visible earlier in the evening than most meteor showers, beginning at around 9 or 10 p.m., making it an ideal shower to check out for children or those who don't like to stay up, according to Space.com.

Attendees should bring their own DSLR camera, lens and tripod to take part.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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