Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Geminids Expected to Put on Star Show Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Less than a week after a full lunar eclipse, skywatchers can expect another celestial show tonight.

The annual Geminid meteor shower is scheduled to peak this evening, usually promising a rather impressive light show. The Geminids feature slow and bright meteors, some appearing yellowish in color. On a clear night, some stargazers have reported seeing as many as 120 meteors per hour during the peak.

A Geminid meteor streaks across the sky over Steamboat Springs, Colo. on Dec. 12, 2010
  • Jimmy Westlake
  • A Geminid meteor streaks across the sky over Steamboat Springs, Colo., on Dec. 12, 2010.


The Geminid meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Gemini, the so-called Twins, where the display of shooting stars appears to originate from the night sky.

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