2016 Geminids meteor shower

2016 Geminids meteor showerThe Geminids will peak between December 13 and 14 with conditions being less than fair with larger amounts of LP (light pollution) due to a Full Moon. The Geminids can be observed annually between December 4 and December 17, but peak activity should being around December 14. Most meteor showers are associated with comets but the Geminids shower is from the debris of an asteroid (3200 Phaethon) The shower owes its name to the constellation Gemini and the asteroid takes about 1.4 years to orbit around the Sun. Since the Full Moon will make it hard to see the meteors OC Astronomy suggests for viewers in the Northern Hemisphere (Orange County) should try to view the shower around the 17th of December. You may not see as many shooting stars on the 17th but the less light pollution should help you catch a glimpse.

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