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 Geminiden Meteorstrom  2019 infographic
Grafik zeigt, wann man und wo am Himmel nach den Geminiden zu suchen ist.


Geminiden sind trotz Vollmond gut zu sehen

By Ninian Carter

December 13, 2019 - December 14, 2019 - Der Meteorstrom der Geminiden wird aktiv, wenn die Erde die Umlaufbahn eines geheimnisvollen Objekts, “3200 Phaethon”, durchquert. Gute Nächte zur Beobachtung sind 13. -14. Dezember 2019.

The Geminids are regarded as one of the best meteor showers every year because the individual meteors are so bright and fast, but this year, due to an unfortunately-timed near-full moon, around 20-30 may be visible per hour – down from the usual 120 per hour.

The meteor shower is nearly 200 years old, the first recorded observation being from the U.S. in 1833. Interestingly, the meteors are slowly growing stronger because Jupiter's gravity is drawing the stream of particles from the shower's source (asteroid 3200 Phaethon) ever closer to Earth.

They will peak at about 2am, wherever you're observing from.

PUBLISHED: 12/12/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Arecibo Observatory/NASA/NSF