National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

The Geminids Meteor Shower Falling from the Winter Night Sky


The peak activity of the Geminids meteor shower is centered around mid-December each year. At that time, the constellation Gemini, which is the radiant point of this meteor shower, rises near the zenith around midnight. We can see shooting stars falling in all directions from that area. Many shooting stars can be seen, especially when the activity peaks around December 14.

This video, taken in the middle of the night of December 14, 2014, captured 7 of the Geminids meteors in the span of about 3 minutes, including one of startling brightness. Let’s hope that we can see this kind of big meteor again in the 2015 Geminids meteor shower.

Text by: Hiroyuki Toda (Okayama Astrophysical Observatory)
Translation by: Ramsey Lundock (NAOJ)