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#915089 - 12th Dec 2014 6:12pm Geminids meteor shower
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Anyone who is in to stargazing & astronomy might be interested to know that the Geminids meteor shower can be seen tonight & will peak on sunday. Upto a possible 120 per hour can be seen. You may see them from around 10pm but best from 12am till dawn. They radiate from the gemini constellation (to the left of orions belt) in the east (look towards liverpool from the wirral) but can be seen coming from all sorts of directions in the night sky. You don't need any specific equipment, so anyone can view it, weather permitting. Even broken cloud won't dampen the effect too much as the Geminids is one of the brightest and best meteor showers of the year.
So if your out late & see a bright flash in the sky, you've probably just witnessed a meteor crashing into the earths atmosphere.

Happy viewing.
I will post any photos if i manage to capture any.

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#915101 - 12th Dec 2014 7:49pm Re: Geminids meteor shower [Re: gingevans]
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Thanks for that. About 6 oktas here at the moment, so not much chance. Forecast to clear later though. Fingers crossed.

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#915114 - 12th Dec 2014 9:37pm Re: Geminids meteor shower [Re: gingevans]
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met office is showing clear skies later so yeah, fingers crossed. hope its a good show.

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#915116 - 12th Dec 2014 9:56pm Re: Geminids meteor shower [Re: gingevans]
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just been in the garden for a smoke. spotted 1 faint one & 2 good meteors streak across the sky.

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#915156 - 13th Dec 2014 4:24am Re: Geminids meteor shower [Re: gingevans]
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Just been out for a while - suitably togged up. Saw 3 really bright ones and a couple of weaker efforts. Mostly from overhead and shooting N or NW. One SW and much slower? 100% clear sky now. Bright moon didn't do much for the night vision. Well worth peeling the mattress of my back for !

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#915159 - 13th Dec 2014 5:06am Re: Geminids meteor shower [Re: gingevans]
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#915164 - 13th Dec 2014 9:26am Re: Geminids meteor shower [Re: gingevans]
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twas a good night for viewing meteors lastnight. I must have spotted in the region of about 30 or more. Started off in my backgarden till about 12:30am then drove down to thurstaston beach & stayed till 2:30am, its amazing how much more detail you can see when u limit the amount of light pollution. got some nice photos of the night sky but a photo of a meteor remains elusive, i think i need to purchase a wide angled lens for my Nikon DSLR.

I'll be out again on sunday night when the geminids is at its peak. will be hoping for more clear skies.

If anyone got their own photos of the geminids, can u Upload them.
Cheers. Keep watching the skies!

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