2015 Geminids meteor shower

In 2015, the Geminids will peak between December 13 and 14. A waxing crescent Moon (Moon’s phase after a new Moon) will create good conditions for viewing the shower.

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A Geminid meteor in 2012. ©iStockphoto.com

Northern Hemisphere observers should try their luck right after sunset on December 13, while those in the Southern Hemisphere should try to catch the shower after midnight on December 14.

The Geminids can be annually observed between December 4 and December 17, with its peak activity being around December 14. The shower owes its name to the constellation Gemini from where the meteors seem to emerge from in the sky.

An Asteroid Meteor Shower

Unlike most other meteor showers, the Geminids are associated not with a comet but with an asteroid – the 3200 Phaethon. The asteroid takes about 1.4 years to orbit around the Sun.

The Geminids are considered to be one of the more spectacular meteor shower during a year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak.