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  United States | New Mexico  
Visibility: Good visibility
     

Best hours to observe:
9:00pm - 04:30am (MST)
Peak: Night of Dec 13 to morning of Dec 14
Best: Nights of December 13, 14

Peak: December 14
Shower rate:
40-60 per hour
Time Zone:
UTC/GMT -7:00 hours

While expected rates in your location may be high, several factors may interfere.

 

49% Full

Moon Forecast: Last Quarter Moon

Moon phase is not ideal for gazing at the Geminids meteor shower. The peak of this shower coincides with a Last Quarter Moon, so fainter meteors may not be visible.
   

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Where to look up at the sky
 

The Geminids meteor shower is the final major meteor shower of the year and also the most consistent shower in terms of putting on fruitful display. In 2014, the Geminids are best viewed on the night of December 13th though the morning hours of December 14th. The Geminids are known for producing 100-150 meteors per hour during perfect conditions.. Eager star gazers may be in for a treat this year, as we expect a good show under completely clear skies.

The Last Quarter Moon (49% Full) will coincide with the peak of the Geminids this year. This may decrease the number of meteors you'll be able to see streaking through the night sky. Observers may not be able to see the faintest meteors. Using optical devices such as binoculars or telescopes is not recommended, as your field of view will be greatly restricted, thus making the possibility of missing a "shooting star" more likely.

For the best view, meteor gazers should face in any direction away from constellation Gemini and the moon, which will appear close to the constellation. This way you won’t have the bright moon within your field of view. The constellation Gemini (The Twin) is the radiant of the Geminids meteor shower, which means that meteors appear to radiate from within the constellation. Correspondingly, the Geminids meteor shower is named after Gemini.

Unlike many of the other major meteor showers, the Geminids can be viewed early in the evening. This is due to the radiant (the constellation Gemini) being about 30 degrees above the eastern horizon by 9:00pm. Please be aware that local conditions such as cloud cover, light pollution, and precipitation will also play a major role in the number of meteors you are likely to see. Remember to dress warmly and to get comfortable. We wish you a wonderful viewing experience, and hope that the last meteor shower display of 2014 packs in several surprises for you and yours!



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United States - New Mexico

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Past Geminids Photos
 
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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
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Informative links  
 

Geminids Wikipedia Page - Wikipedia

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Yearly Zenithal Hourly Rate
2014 120+ predicted
2011 15 per hour
2010 20 per hour
2009 100+ per hour
2007 23 per hour
The Zenithal Hourly Rate (ZHR) of a meteor shower is the number of meteors an observer would see in one hour under perfect conditions.

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Guide to photographing meteor showers

Meteor Shower Tip

Meteor showers are named after the constellation which they appear to be falling from.


Geminids Tip

Keep in mind that any local light pollution or obstructions like tall trees or buildings will reduce your making a meteor sighting. Give your eyes time to dark-adapt before observing.


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