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Geminids Meteor Shower

December 13, 2013 all-day

The final major meteor shower of every year (unless one surprises us!) is always the December Geminid shower, often producing 50 or more meteors per hour. It is a beloved shower, because, as a general rule, it’s either the August Perseids or the December Geminids that give us the most prolific display of the year. The Geminid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity. Some meteors will be visible each night from 7 Dec to 16 Dec, but the best show will be on this evening. The maximum number of meteors expected to be visible from a dark location is around 100 per hour (ZHR). The Moon will be 11 days old at the time of peak activity, and being so close to Full Moon, will severely limit the observations that will be possible.