The Geminid meteor shower begins tonight and is one of several active showers at this time. Despite having a zenith hourly rate of 120, the shower might be drowned out by the light of the just-past full Moon.
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
Venus leaves Ophiuchus and enters Sagittarius. (98% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, apparent diameter 10.0”. Not visible.)
The Puppid Velid meteor shower reaches its maximum. (Zenith Hourly Rate: 10)
The Geminid meteor shower begins. (Zenith Hourly Rate: 120)
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