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2007, Viewpoint: Sydney, Australia.[edit]

Anti climactic, about 40 - 50 entries per hour visible, if that. Small yellow streaks about as wide as Orion's belt at best (in it's current position). Most astronomers left the observation posts by midnight due to the no-show, crystal clear night, new moon, yet no debris. Go figure. Anyone have any better luck, or get some open shutter photos? (talk) 04:02, 15 December 2007 (UTC)


I think some history is needed on where and when and who by the first Showers where observed by, see the article Escowbeck and about the Greg Family and the references in that article that show that the Greg Family had an observatory that was one of the first places to see the Geminids Shower. Bankhallbretherton (talk) 21:43, 22 November 2009 (UTC)

Extinct Comet[edit]

I've added a citation needed tag to the claim that the originator is an extinct comet. Although the inclination of its orbit is indicative of a comet, it lacks many other such characteristics, most notably, an aphelion near the Kuiper Belt or Oort Cloud. As such, some sources have instead suggested that 3200 Phaethon is an asteroid. VoijaRisa (talk) 18:40, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

Date of Peak (or Maximum)[edit]

If you check out the references given on the page, most report the peak close to 14 December, rather than the 5th cited currently. Since the Geminids are almost upon us, it might make a difference. Bob spreen (talk) 18:42, 1 December 2010 (UTC)

Coincides with 1859 solar storm[edit]

The Geminids seem to have appeared around the same time as the solar storm of 1859...any relation? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:04, 11 December 2010 (UTC) No. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:49, 17 December 2010 (UTC)

Peak Time[edit]

The remark in the article about 2 AM to 3 AM GMT being optimal for observing doesn't make any sense. I'm sure this should be 2 AM to 3 AM local time. (talk) 19:36, 13 December 2010 (UTC)

Surely that revision doesn't make sense? The optimal time for viewing them is surely fixed, so if it's 02:00 - 03:00 UTC it isn't going to be that time anywhere else? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:14, 14 December 2012 (UTC)
The best viewing time is technically when the Earth passes through the thickest part of the meteoroid stream. But that time is just a best-fit calculation that could be wrong. Generally, the best generic viewing time is a few hours before Sunrise when you are seeing space in the direction that Earth is traveling since Earth is always falling towards the Sun. "More rain hits the front windshield of a moving car then the side windows or back window." But for most observers the constellation Gemini is best positioned around local midnight. So 2 to 3AM local time is good generic time to be looking. -- Kheider (talk) 16:41, 14 December 2012 (UTC)

Radiant Section[edit]

In the "Radiant" section, there's a short history of Geminid viewing conditions. Maybe it should be moved to its own section? Light Peak (talk) 22:04, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Okay, I deleted that paragraph and put most of the info into the table. The table could be moved to it's own section, though. Light Peak (talk) 21:42, 14 December 2012 (UTC)


I'm wondering what this line: "The shower is thought to be intensifying every year..." is based on? Looking at the shower's ZHR over the past few years it looks like a mixed bag at best. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:03, 8 October 2013 (UTC)