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Old 12-13-2012, 05:19 PM   #1
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Germinid Meteor Shower tonight

Tonight - Dec 13 - is the best night for the Germinid meteor shower. I'm going to try, although it is a bit past my usual bedtime.

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Occurring every year in mid-December, the Geminid meteor shower is commonly referred to as the most reliable meteor shower of the year. That is, it almost always puts on a great show!
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:44 PM   #2
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Don't catch a cold while watching the GERMinids.

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

The Geminids can be quite spectacular. I recall being out with my telescope a number of years ago with my astronomy club buddies and none of us had remembered. We started noticing quite a few fast meteors and eventually we gave up our previous observing plans (galaxy clusters for me, I'm sure as usual) and sat back in our chairs until sunrise. I vividly remember seeing around one meteor per minute towards dawn. Quite a good memory.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:00 AM   #3
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I wish I could stay up, or get up, but not likely. These pictures suggest it would be worth it...
Pictures: Geminid meteor shower - chicagotribune.com
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We stayed up and even braved the (mildly) cold weather, but it was just too cloudy. We'll try again tonight.
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:16 PM   #5
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I've never watched these before, just too darn cold. But I was out late last night, I think I saw one just as I was driving home, tough to say.

So I did stay out for ~ 10 minutes, since it was fairly mild, was pretty clear here, plenty of stars. But no meteors, and 10 minutes was all I could give it.

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We stayed up and even braved the (mildly) cold weather, but it was just too cloudy. We'll try again tonight.
I have so many floaters that I've never been able to detect a shooting star so we won't stay up to see them. We're staying in downtown overnight so we won't be able to see the regular stars with all the bright lights.

So keep us posted if you see some!
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I watched for a few minutes around 4 AM Friday, but saw no meteors.
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We had a decent show here in northern VA. Wife and I went out in the backyard to check it out at about 10pm est. We saw several within a 20 minute period, but it was getting chilly out.
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We have a hot tub so temperature was not a problem. Saw two good good ones on Wed night, about midnite, then went out from 12:30 to 2 AM Thur nite/early Fri morning (the 'peak time') and saw nothing!
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