2015 looks like a fantastic year for the Geminids. With the Moon just 3 days past from its new moon phase and setting at the end of evening twilight, conditions couldn’t be more ideal if the weather cooperates. It is estimated more than 100 meteors per hour if you can find good moonless clear sky. The peak of the shower in this year happened to be around 11:30 PM Sri Lankan time (18:00 UT) on December 14th night.
The Geminids shower is produced by the debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually from December 7-17. Best viewing will be from a dark location around 10:30 PM to 12:30 AM. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
Image credit: Universe today
December 11, 2015, 9:28 am