The Sciences

Catch A Shooting Star This Weekend

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumDec 13, 2008 9:04 PM


Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

It's time. The December Geminid Meteor Shower is upon us--the most satisfying of all the annual meteor displays (

yes, even the Perseids

). For the best viewing, watch when the constellation Gemini will be rising above the east-northeast horizon.

Last night's full moon may dim this year's display, but even so, try Sunday evening during the interval between twilight and the rise of the waning gibbous moon. (

Find the best time at your location here

.) You might even catch an 'earthgrazer'--the long, bright 'shooting stars' that streak overhead from just below the horizon and follow a path almost parallel to our atmosphere.

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

1 free articleSubscribe
Discover Magazine Logo
Want more?

Keep reading for as low as $1.99!


Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2022 Kalmbach Media Co.