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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Geminids Meteor Showers Tonight

According to this article from EarthSky.org, the peak time in North America to view the Geminids meteor showers is the night of December 14th through the dawn of December 15th. The peak time for other Northern Hemisphere locations, like Asia, is from the night of December 16th to dawn on December 17th. The focal point for the meteor showers, hence the name, will be in the constellation of GEMINI the Twins. In particular, the article points out with a map of Gemini that the "meteor shower radiant" is located around the star of Castor. This is the point where most of the meteor showers seem to shoot from. Like other meteor showers, you do not necessarily need to find the constellation Gemini since meteor showers will shoot across the sky. For reference, though, Gemini is northwest of the bright constellation ORION the Hunter in the eastern sky.

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The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage: Hubblesite.org/categories/images.

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula