(117° from Sun, morning sky) at 1h UT. Mag. -2.3.
(morning sky) at 16h UT.
(farthest from Earth) at 23h UT (distance 404,581 km; angular
peaks at 12h UT. Major activity lasts almost 24 hours around
peak time. Produces bright, medium-speed meteors at its peak (up
to 80 meteors/hour). Most reliable meteor shower. Easy to
observe (radiant shown on sky map). Best seen after midnight.
the Geminids (Gary Kronk)
Shower Calendar (IMO)
at 12:53 UT.
(61° from Sun, morning sky) at 3h UT.
(28° from Sun, morning sky) at 21h UT. Mag. +0.5.
at 23:03 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point farthest
south of the celestial equator marking the start of winter in
the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
(closest to Earth) at 17h UT (364,797 km; angular size 32.8').
(evening sky) at 5h UT. Mag. +1.1.
at 18:32 UT.
(evening sky) at 5h UT. Mag. +5.8. Occultation visible from
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)