December is here, which means the stunning Geminid meteor shower is primed to put on its spectacular annual show as it whizzes past the Earth. Unlike many of the year's biggest astronomical events, Australians are in prime position to get the best show from the Geminids this year. Here's how to watch it.
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The Perseid Meteor Shower is set to peak on the night of August 12 and early morning hours of August 13 AEST. It's a bit of a difficult one to spot in Australia as the radiant doesn't rise very far above the horizon in the Southern hemisphere. With that caveat out of the way, here are some tips to increase the odds of catching a meteor or two this week.
November is set to be a stellar month for skywatchers, bringing not only the largest supermoon this century, but also a handful of meteor showers and interesting astronomical events. Not only that, November offers warmer weather and overall nicer viewing conditions, making it easier to justify staying out into the early hours of the morning.
The Orionid Meteor Shower peaks later tonight, and this year it's set to be a good one here in Australia, showing off some of the brightest, fastest meteors visible from Earth. While the moon may make viewing a little difficult this year, the Orionids have one of the most prominent radiant points of any yearly meteor shower.
The Geminid meteor shower is an annual astronomical event where up to 120 meteors per hour can be seen whizzing through the sky. This year's event is set to be one of the best showings of the Geminids yet, and unlike many astronomical events you may hear about on Twitter, this one is visible in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres.