The Geminid meteor shower peaks Thursday night after midnight, but the annual celestial display considered among the best will begin to blaze at 9 p.m. or earlier.
- As with any celestial display, the darker the better, move away from lights. The beach is better than the downtown, astronomer Terry Richardson suggests.- No point in facing any one direction; Geminid shooting stars can come from anywhere in the sky.- If out at 2 a.m., lie down. The best show will be directly overhead.If shooting digital photographs:- Set the exposure to 1 minute if possible, but at least 30 seconds, and keep extra batteries at hand.- Use as wide an angle as possible and set the lens wide open.To watch online:fireballs.ndc.nasa.gov for captured images from the night before.www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/geminids2012.html to ask questions of experts and watch live telescope and camera feeds from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Hunstville, Ala.source: Terry Richardson, NASA.
The shower should be intense again Friday night.
This year will be a particularly good chance to see the show. Itís a new moon and clear skies are expected. Geminid shooting stars tend to move relatively slower than others.
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