Catch a Christmas Present.

From my inbox this afternoon:
GEMINID METEOR SHOWER: This weekend, Earth will pass through a stream of debris from extinct comet 3200 Phaethon, source of the annual Geminid meteor shower. Forecasters expect more than 100 meteors per hour to fly out of the constellation Gemini when the shower peaks on Dec. 13th and 14th. For most observers, the best time to look will be from 10 pm local time on Sunday night to dawn on Monday morning. Visit for photos, a sky map, and live audio from a meteor radar.
Sounds like a chance to arrange a unique Christmas gift for a loved one.

Update: I've done a bit more reading about the Geminids, and they may not be suitable for collection by magnets.  It seems they are the rocky remains of a dead comet, so lack metallic iron.

However, I have added a map so you can work out where to look.

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 Cool! Any chance I'll be able to see it here in the Harbor?
East, about 60o up, I think. (Based on midnight Sunday)


Too much cloud cover, I couldn't see anything. (At least it snowed a bit!) That, and the trees were in the way. 
Ditto, without the snow.

Kiteman (author)  Spl1nt3rC3ll8 years ago
Looking at a google map of your location, I'm afraid you might not, due to light pollution.

But, if you can get dark enough, check the skymap I've added to the OP to see where to look.  Apparently the best time to check will be local midnight, Sunday, when you may see 200 meteors per hour.

lemonie8 years ago
Last time I looked - 100% cloud cover, I don't think you've got it any better?

Kiteman (author)  lemonie8 years ago
Only light cloud, but too much light pollution - Gemini is directly behind the neighbour's Christmas lights...
lemonie Kiteman8 years ago
I'm OK for light-pollution, but it's still 100%...

lemonie lemonie8 years ago
Still covered, might try to wake-up early.

lemonie8 years ago
Thanks for reminding me. We want to be looking roughly east at about 20o ascension - yes?


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