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The last meteor shower for 2013

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By Euronews
The last meteor shower for 2013

<p>The Geminid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity.</p> <p>Some shooting stars will be visible each night from 7 Dec to 16 Dec, but the best show will be expected on or around 14 December 2013.</p> <p>The maximum number of meteors expected to be visible from a dark location is around 100 per hour (<span class="caps">ZHR</span>). The Moon will be 11 days old at the time of peak activity, and being so close to Full Moon, will severely limit the observations that will be possible.</p> <p>The radiant of the Geminid meteor shower is at around right ascension 06h31m18s , declination +33°00’00” . All of the meteors will appear to be travelling directly outward from this is the point, which is shown by a green cross on the planetarium view to the right.</p> <p>The best place to look to see as many meteors as possible is not at the radiant itself, but at any dark patch of sky which is around 90° away from it, since it is at a distance of around 90° from the radiant that meteors will typically appear at their brightest.</p>