The Night Sky - December 2017
Highlights of the Month:
Geminid Meteor Shower (Maximum on 14/15th)
The early mornings of December 14th and 15th will provide the opportuntity,if clear of observing the peak of the Geminid meteor shower. Pleasingly this is a great year to observe them as the thin waning crescent moon will not affect our view. The Geminids can often produce near-fireballs and so the shower is well worth observing if its clear. The radiant - where the meteors appear to come from - is close to the bright star Castor in the constellation Gemini
The Ursid Meteor Shower (Maximum 22/23rd)
The late evenings of the 22nd and 23rd of the month are when the Ursid meteor shower will be at its best. Though the peak rate of 10-15 meteors per hour is not that great. Again as with the Geminids, the Moon will not affect our view during much of the night. The radiant lies close to the star Kochab in Ursa Minor (hence their name) so look northwards at a high elevation.
Information collated from Jodrell Bank and Astronomy Now magazine
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