The last two meteor showers of 2018 will be the Geminids this coming week and the Ursids on 21 December. The Geminids peak this Friday 13 December, the shower being considered one of the best each year, sometimes with over 100 meteors an hour. They seem to radiate from the constellation Gemini which is high in the night sky now, off at an angle from the top of Orion. This year, however, there’ll be an almost-full moon so viewing will not be at its optimum.

By comparison the Ursids are not a brilliant shower but at least this year the moon is not going to spoil whatever show they actually put on overnight on the 21st. This lesser show appears to radiate from the Ursa Minor constellation. I’ll post a list of 2020’s meteor showers in the New Year.

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