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The 2013 Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak on the night of December 13-14, though the night before (December 12-13) should offer a decent sprinkling of meteors as well. The show starts at mid-to-late evening and ends at dawn. The meteors tend to be few and far between at early evening, but intensify in number as evening deepens into late night. Don’t let the moonlight discourage you. These meteors are bright! No matter your location, Geminid meteors will fall most abundantly after midnight on December 13 and 14.
Although the Geminid shower favors the Northern Hemisphere, it’s visible from the Southern Hemisphere, too. The Geminids start streaking the sky by mid-evening in the Northern Hemisphere, but people at temperate latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere may have to wait until late evening, or close to midnight, to see the beginning of the Geminid shower. Follow the links below to learn more about the Geminid meteor shower in 2013.
The online skywatching website Slooh and NASA will air two webcasts in honor of the Geminid meteor shower, peaking Friday (Dec. 13) night. Slooh will begin its broadcast at 5:30 p.m. EST (2230 GMT), while NASA will start its "up all night" web chat at 11 p.m. EST (0400 Dec. 14 GMT). Both webcasts will run through the night and you can watch them in the windows below.