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Geminid Meteor Shower peaking in Philadelphia Skies This Weekend; Live Video Dec 13th 2004
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 12/13/14 2:41 am | updated: 12/13/14 9:44 pm
The Philadelphia skies are ready for another one of nature's light shows this weekend. The annual Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak in the early morning hours of December 13th and 14th, Saturday night into Sunday morning. The forecast for the entire Philadelphia region is for partly cloudy skies making for decent viewing. It will be a cold 35 degrees overnight. So get your blankets and hot drinks ready. The moon is in a waning gibbous phase and might hamper viewing, it is forecast to rise at 11:35 pm on Saturday.

Although they may be peaking on Saturday night/Sunday morning, you can still try to see them Friday night/Saturday morning as the skies will be clearing after midnight.

The best place to view the meteor shower around Philadelphia would be any place away from the Center City lights and out in an open field to see the entire sky, but especially towards the east. (see sky map below)

The Geminids are an annual meteor shower that occur as the Earth passes through the debris of 3200 Phaethon. Most of the other annual meteor showers are created as we pass through the icy debris tails of comets. Phaethon is a so called "rock comet" that leaves a dusty trail as it gets heated on its trip around the sun. It was thought to be an asteroid, but is now classified as an 'extinct comet' having shed it's icy shell long ago.

The Geminids are so named because the appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini but you can see them fly anywhere in the sky. Look to the east northeast at Midnight to find Gemini next to Orion.

Viewers can expect to see up to 100-120 meteors per hour at the peak between 2 and 3 a.m., but head out anytime between midnight and sunrise to try and catch a view of a 'shooting star.'

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 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 12/13 2:44 am
Geminid Meteor Shower Sky Map


 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 12/13 9:44 pm
Geminid Viewing best view map


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