The last meteor shower for 2013

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By Euronews
The last meteor shower for 2013

The Geminid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity.

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.

The maximum number of meteors expected to be visible from a dark location is around 100 per hour (ZHR). 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.

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.

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.