|Despite the brightness of our lone natural satellite, observers still may see some of this year's brightest Geminid meteors.|
The annual Geminid meteor shower, which peaks the night of December 13 and the morning of the 14th, is typically one of the best of the year. The Geminid shower generally features bright meteors, and, unlike most showers, it’s fairly rich before midnight. Unfortunately, in 2016, the Full Moon occurs in the early evening December 13, something observers will need to keep in mind when planning their viewing.
The Geminids are so named because if you trace all the meteor trails backward, they converge within the boundaries of the constellation Gemini the Twins. This point, called the radiant, lies approximately 3° northwest of the 1st-magnitude star Castor.
Geminid meteors are relatively slow moving, and many leave smoke trails that can last a number of seconds. This year, the shower is active from December 4 to 17. The Geminid meteor shower has a broad peak, so observers normally would see an excellent show all night.
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