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Astronomical event: Geminids Meteor shower peak

  • 13 Dec 2019
  • 8:00 PM
  • 14 Dec 2019
  • 5:00 AM

In 2019, the Geminid meteor shower peaks on the night of December 13 and early morning hours of December 14.

The Geminid meteor shower can be seen every year and this year should be visible between December 7 and December 16, with its peak activity being around December 13-14. The shower owes its name to the constellation Gemini because the meteors seem to emerge from this constellation in the sky.

Unlike most other meteor showers, the Geminids are not associated with a comet but with an asteroid: the 3200 Phaethon. The asteroid takes about 1.4 years to orbit the Sun.

The Geminids are considered to be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak.

While it is not necessary to look in a particular direction to enjoy a meteor shower, astronomers suggest looking towards the south to view the Geminids.

The best time to view the Geminids is at night – after sunset and before sunrise.

The North Pennines Observatory is owned and operated by the North Pennines AONB Partnership

The Observatory is currently only available for private bookings

North Pennines AONB Partnership, Allendale Village Hall, Allendale, Northumberland NE47 9PR 

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