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This is more of a natural science/astronomy post, but I'm putting it in this forum because it's the closest, I thought.

The Leonids sort of flopped earlier this year, but supposedly the Geminids are more consistent, usually falling at the rate of 120 per hour. (I'm typing this from memory of a news item I saw on "Yahoo!"...)
 

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Peak is about 6 a.m., EST. Some are saying 3 a.m.

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Thursday, 12/14

Geminid Meteors, 6:00 a.m. (3 a.m. By some estimates)

The Moon, which is about two days past Last Quarter, detracts somewhat from the best viewing, but otherwise the timing is pretty good before dawn, when Gemini is high in the western sky. The Geminids are often fast and bright, and can surpass the Perseids of August in number. Although they can be seen in a wide swath of sky, all the meteors from this shower seem to radiate from the constellation Gemini, near the two bright stars Castor and Pollux. [A note on timing: according to the RASC Handbook (http://www.rasc.ca/], the peak is at about 11 hours UT, or about 6 a.m. EST. According to Gary Kronk (http://comets.amsmeteors.org/meteors...radiants.html), it is at about 8:19 UT or 3:19 EST.
http://www.space.com/spacewatch/061208_night_sky.html
 

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Waaahhhhh.

I sort of figured that the viewing would be early morning, becvause that would be when the constellation of Gemini would be over the eastern horizon. I looked at the night sky when I got home anyway, but didn;t see anything.

And I fell asleep in bed.

How were they? Did anyone stay/get up for them?
 

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I saw some great Geminds meteors a few days before peak (14th Dec London time), plus I saw something unexplainable (to my amateur eyes). I've asked around and I may have seen a fireball asteroid so I'm chuffed! Unfortunately we've had nothing but cloud since so couldn't view the Geminids at peak.
 

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For anyone who's interested-the Ursids meteorite shower is at max 22nd -23rd Dec but is active from Dec 17-25. Cloudy here (London UK) at moment so no luck.
 
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