Geminid Meteor Shower Continues Tonight

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Geminid Meteor Shower Continues Tonight 

Early raisers will get another show in the night skies of the Gold Country tonight.  Early this morning a number of listeners called KVGC reporting a meteor shower.  Well if you missed it, you’re in luck.  Tonight the Earth will pass through a stream of gravelly debris from rock comet 3200 Phaethon, which is the source of the annual Geminid meteor shower.  Sky watchers far from city lights could see as many as 120 meteors per hour. The best time to look, no matter where you live, is during the dark hours before sunrise on early tomorrow morning, when the constellation Gemini is high overhead.  There's more: As the shower peaks, Jupiter and the crescent Moon will be having a close encounter in the eastern pre-dawn sky. Visit today's edition of Spaceweather.com for sky maps and more information.

 

Written by KVGC Staff