Dec
10
2010

2010 Geminids Meteor Shower

The Geminids Meteor Shower for 2010 will peak on the 13th & 14th December this year.

Expectations are high, with a peak ZHR (Zenithal Hourly Rate) of up to 120. The moon will set in the west around midnight giving nice dark views of the Northern sky.

The Geminids radiate from their namesake, the constellation of Gemini.

Gemini

The Constellation of Gemini (''Borrowed'' from www.heavens-above.com)

Unfortunately for me, Gemini is very low in the sky when viewing from New Zealand.

For the next week, Gemini will
0000 – Rise from the North East
0330 – Max altitude to the North of about 30 degrees
0700 – Set in the North West

I might even try and get my Mintron low lux camera out and record my first Geminid on video – Watch this spot

Written by John in: Astronomy |

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