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The Sciences

Catch A Shooting Star This Weekend

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumDecember 14, 2008 3:04 AM


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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.

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