The Meteor Shower December 2008 activity will consist of seven special meteor streams. There will be an abundance of viewing opportunities for novice meteor shower viewing as well as more experienced meteor shower enthusiasts. Last month the moon was an immense problem for viewing and regrettably December may fall to the moon’s wrath again. The Geminids Meteor Shower is one of the most unique meteor showers because it is connected to an asteroid known as the 3200 Phaethon and not a parent comet. Some will argue that the 3200 Phaethon asteroid is a comet in its final stages of existence. We will be exploring the 3200 Phaethon as well as chatting about the December 2008 Meteor Showers. Please view the following Meteor Shower Schedule for December 2008 and bookmark our website as we will be exploring all the showers that occur in December.
Meteor Showers December 2008 Schedule
|Name||Peak Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Dec Phoenicids||December 6th||November 28th||December 9th|
|Puppid/Velids||December 6th||December 1st||December 15th|
|Monocerotids||December 8th||November 27th||December 17th|
|σ-Hydrids||December 11th||December 3rd||December 15th|
|Geminids||December 13th||December 7th||December 17th|
|Coma Berenicids||December 20th||December 12th||January 23rd|
|Ursids||December 22nd||December 17th||December 26th|
We will be posting links within the schedule for easy navigation for each shower and posting information as we update the website. Please bookmark the home page to return and visit us for viewing all the articles about each potential viewing opportunity for the month of December 2008.
Happy Viewing! Keep Your Head Up!
– Meteor Mark