Who Will See It? Geminid Meteor Shower Viewing Conditions

By Grace Muller, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
December 13, 2012; 6:12 AM ET
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Who Will See It? Geminid Meteor Shower Viewing Conditions

One of the most impressive meteor showers of the year will peak on the nights of Dec. 13 and 14.

Storified by Accu Weather · Thu, Dec 13 2012 06:27:06

Geminid MeteorPhil Ostroff
The Gemini constellation will rise in the northeast during December. One of the most impressive meteor showers of the year is associated with Gemini. It is called the Geminid Meteor Shower and it peaks on the nights of Dec. 13 and 14.

Who will be able to see the meteors? Forget "West is best." The East will feast on the Geminid meteor shower Thursday night, AccuWeather Meteorologist Bret Anderson said, thanks to a big dome of high pressure sitting across the region.

"The viewing conditions in the East Thursday night look quite good from the coast to the Ohio Valley, as well as a good part of the Southeast as well."

The night will be clear with light winds, so people watching outdoors won't need to worry about wind chill.

On the other side of the country, there are two storm systems in the western United States. The first storm is going to move out of southern California, causing cloudy skies for places that typically expect clear nights in the desert Southwest. The viewing conditions are also not so good Thursday night in the Pacific Northwest. There is a second storm coming into the region that will create poor viewing conditions.
"The Geminids will begin to appear noticeably more numerous in the hours after 10 p.m. local time, because the shower's radiant is already fairly high in the eastern sky by then," Joe Rao, instructor at New York's Hayden Planetarium, wrote on AccuWeather partner site Space.com. "The best views, however, come around 2 a.m., when their radiant point will be passing very nearly overhead.  The higher a shower's radiant, the more meteors it produces all over the sky.
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Is 2 a.m. too late for you to keep your eyes open? Here's a video of what the Geminid shower looked like in 2010:
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Here's another video of the Geminid meteor shower in 2010:
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An undated image tweeted by the Tampa Bay Times:
The #Geminid meteor shower will throw off an estimated 50-100 meteors an hour. http://bit.ly/RpzD5C http://pic.twitter.com/sI9rWJZ4Tampa Bay Times

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