Geminid Meteor Shower
The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks next week. Sadly, the Moon will be near-full brightening the sky for most of the night causing rates to be lower. However, the Geminids will still put on a good show pretty much anywhere that isn’t overcast, so don’t worry. Southern Hemisphere viewers will see lower rates, with the peak being ~40-60 meteors/hour in some locations, so you won’t be missing out as was the case for the Persieds earlier this year. Use the Fluxtimator to estimate the rate in your location.
Meteors will be visible when the radiant point is above the horizon from your location. The radiant point is in the constellation Gemini (Jupiter will be too, so get your binocs/telescopes), right next to the Orion constellation. You can spot meteors anywhere in the sky and it is not necessary to look towards the radiant point as some may believe. So go out, find somewhere dark, look up and enjoy the show.
A June Lyrid from 2012
— David Hoffmann
The Delta Aquarids are beginning to build up
Picture by David Hoffmann, taken July 26
In the pic you can see the meteor at the top, an iridium flare (from a satellite) to the left and an airplane streaking by to the right.
They usually peak around this time July 27-29 but they also have a broad peak meaning they will stay active until early August and combine with the more spectacular Perseids.
This meteor shower is more visible towards the Southern Hemisphere, though the moon will be brightening up the sky during the peak this year, lowering the rate.
You still might be able to see some!