Geminid Meteor Shower To Show Through The Moonlight Friday Night
The annual Geminid meteor shower, one of the best shooting-star displays each year, returns to our skies late this week. Skygazers and nature enthusiasts throughout the Northern Hemisphere will be out watching. Anyone can join in. You need no equipment and no special knowledge.
Every year in mid-December, Earth passes through a stream of rock bits that are being shed by a superheated asteroid named 3200 Phaethon. In 2013 we should see the meteor shower at its most active from 9 or 10 p.m. (local time) on Friday December 13th until the first light of dawn Saturday morning.
“We’ll have interference from moonlight in the sky this year,” says Robert Naeye, editor in chief of Sky & Telescope magazine, “but the brighter meteors will shine through anyway. You’ll probably see quite a few.”