Geminids 2007

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The Geminids is one of the finest, and probably the most reliable, of the major annual showers presently observable. This year, the waxing crescent Moon will set by mid- evening across the globe on December 14 (the actual moonset timing is progressively later the further south you are), giving mostly dark skies for all observers, especially those in the northern hemisphere. The maximum is predicted for 16h45m UT on December 14, with the more reliably-observed maxima during the past two decades all having occurred within 2h20m of the predicted maximum.

The Geminid radiant culminates around 2h local time, but well north of the equator it rises around sunset, and is at a usable elevation from the local evening hours onwards, while in the southern hemisphere, the radiant appears only around local midnight or so. Even from more southerly sites, this is a splendid stream of often bright, medium-speed meteors, a rewarding sight for all watchers, whatever method they employ.