The 2013 Geminid meteor shower begins on the night of December 12, 2013.
The Geminid meteor shower will peak on the nights of December 13-14, 2013.
The Geminid is one of two major visible meteor showers not caused by a comet.
The Geminid meteor shower is caused by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon which travels closer to the Sun than any other named asteroid. The Geminid’s are one of only two major meteor showers not caused by a comet. The meteors in the Geminid meteor shower are slower moving than meteors such as those in the Leonid meteor shower that occurred last month. The Geminid meteor shower typically peaks around December 13th or 14th.
The Geminid meteor shower has been touted as one of the most satisfying meteor showers of the year, and typically results in 120 to 160 meteors per hour. It is noted that the Geminid meteor shower may be intensifying each year.
The Geminid meteor shower was first recorded in 1862, and appear to originate from a radiant in the Gemini constellation, hence the name, however can appear almost anywhere in the night sky. Meteors from the Geminid meteor shower typically have a yellowish hue. The meteors travel approximately 22 miles per second, making them easier to spot, and should be visible from almost any point on Earth, according to NASA.
NASA reports that the meteors in the Geminid meteor shower could appear in any part of the sky. To get the best view, observers are encouraged to get as far away from artificial lighting as possible. This will optimize your chances of seeing more meteors.
NASA astronomers Bill Cooke, as well as Danielle Moser and Rhiannon Blaauw are offering a live web chat in regards to the Geminid meteor shower, and have stated that they will be available to answer questions that any may have about the Geminid meteor shower. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is offering a live Ustream view of the Geminid meteor shower. You can find their channel here during the occurrence.
While waiting for the beautiful Geminid meteor shower, here is a gorgeous view from last year’s occurrence. The best view is full screen.