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Save the date! Geminid Meteor Shower (Geminids)

This is the one we've been waiting for - the Geminid meteor shower.

Widely considered to be one of the most reliable meteor showers of the year, the Geminids can produce 120 meteors per hour depending on your local conditions.

The meteor shower peaks on the night the 13th of December / early morning on the 14th. We highly recommend getting your friends and family together to watch these events - it's great fun for all ages. Get a flask, picnic and wrap up with plenty of layers. The darker your sky is, the more you'll see! Try to get away from light pollution if you can.

The meteor shower is created by an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon. As the near-Earth object makes its orbit around the Sun, it leaves a debris trail. Over the years, Jupiter's gravity has pulled the particles away from 3200 Phaethon's path and has gradually sent them closer and closer to Earth.

Where is the Moon? On the night if we have clear skies, conditions will be fantastic. The Moon will be less than 20% visible, generating less light pollution and enabling us to see more shooting stars.

Where do you need to look? We've got a preview image below but if you know where Orion is (the Hunter!) then look up and left of him - constellation of Gemini. Having said this, shooting stars will appear across the sky - not just the radiant. Gemini are the twins in the sky.

We would love to see your pictures! Tweet us @Stargazing_UK, post to our Facebook page, or email us at sales@stargazinguk.co.uk


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