Geminid Meteor Bathe Summit Tonight: As To See In Edmonton
Skywatcher, get ready. One of the best meteor showers of the year peaks in the late evening of Monday, December 13th, and into the following morning.
The Geminids meteor shower began on December 4th and will peak around midnight in Edmonton and will be brightest by around 4 a.m. according to timeanddate.com.
This year, weaker meteors can be washed out by a waxing domed moon approaching a full moon and just over 50% illuminated.
At its peak and under perfect conditions, it is possible to see up to 150 meteors per hour. However, NASA says the expected rate for stargazers in the northern hemisphere this year is 60 meteors per hour.
NASA says that under perfect conditions, about 120 Geminid meteors can be seen per hour during their peak.
As for the Edmonton prediction, it looks like Mother Nature isn’t giving us much time to see the shower.
According to Environment Canada, snow is moving in Edmonton tonight and will last through Tuesday, which practically guarantees a pretty rough view of the Geminid meteor shower when it peaks tonight.
The Canadian Space Agency has some helpful tips to help you see the light show efficiently. They advise you to get out of the city to avoid light pollution and find a clear area with no buildings or trees to block your view.
The meteor shower seems to come from where the constellation Gemini is in the sky.
With files from Isabelle Docto.