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    Default Capturing Some (Very Few) Geminids



    In my attempt to make this my year extraordinaire observing meteor showers I made a somewhat futile attempt this morning to observe the post peak of the Geminids. Sky conditions were better than the previous night but with the cold, wind, scattered clouds, and bright Moon, very few caught my attention. Over a two hour period (0300-0500 EST) I sighted only three: two passing right through Pollux and Castor; and another very bright one that appeared to radiate from Sirius.

    This was my fifth meteor shower of the year counting also: Quadrantids, Perseids, Orionids, and Leonids. I plan another attempt at the Geminids this evening since the skies while much colder will be calm and clear. I'm also planning to observe the lesser known Ursid Meteor Shower next week: Ursid meteors around December solstice | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky.

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    Default Re: Capturing Some (Very Few) Geminids

    Sadly there was to much cloud or the moon was to bright. That's life. Hope that you have some luck this evening. Clear skies.
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    Default Re: Capturing Some (Very Few) Geminids

    We had cloud cover here, bummer.
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    Default Re: Capturing Some (Very Few) Geminids

    Glad to see you caught a few, Dave! Keep the streak rolling! Good luck with the Ursids.

    It's been cloudy here and THAT streak continues for me. Sunday evening is looking good so far.
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    Default Re: Capturing Some (Very Few) Geminids

    Excellent Dave! I wish I could have been out there, just high winds and rain here.
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    Default Re: Capturing Some (Very Few) Geminids

    I really have not been a meteor shower fan, but even reports like this one are getting my attention and perking my interest. I may have to sit out and try it with the Ursids.
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    Default Re: Capturing Some (Very Few) Geminids

    To close out this thread, the weather prediction of clear skies turned out to be totally wrong! By 2300 hrs EST the temperature had dropped to 9 degrees, no wind (which was as expected), but the clouds started rolling in and by shortly after midnight there were no clear skies! I did catch one bright Geminid Meteor before the clouds rolled in, but that was it for my outing. Hopefully better luck next year. On to the Ursid Meteor Shower next week...

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    Default Re: Capturing Some (Very Few) Geminids

    I sat out Monday, 12/12 around 11:15 and was able to see about 15 meteors in about 10-12 minutes. I love the Geminids. Best ones of the year, IMO.
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    Default Re: Capturing Some (Very Few) Geminids

    I usually find the Geminids pretty active....was much more so last year when I observed it on 12 December 2015. This year I missed the peak due to weather...and that Supermoon was a killer!!

    I consistently find the Perseids the best of the meteor showers though....and the warmer weather always makes it more fun

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