Tuesday, 6 December 2016

OSC Event - Geminids Meteor shower - Open Evening on 10th December 2016

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.

In 2016, the Geminids are expected to peak on the night of December 13 and early morning hours of December 14. A full moon will make viewing conditions difficult.

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.

Wealden Astronomers will be at The Observatory Science Centre on the 26th November 2016 from 6:30pm. until 11.00 pm.Viewing as per usual is subject to weather permitting.

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