Monday, December 13, 2010
Each December Earth passes through the remains of 3200 Phaeton, an iceless comet. The Geminids meteor shower should be visible falling through the constellation Gemini on Tuesday between midnight and sunrise, from December 12 to 16th. And we get the best view in the Northern Hemisphere with optimum celestial show viewing on Tuesday, December 13. If you can't stay awake that late, check the sky after sunset tonight, or any night until Thursday. This is the warm-up act for the total lunar eclipse coming December 20-21, just in time for the Winter Solstice.