Rose and Crown - Tooting Bec Road
140 Tooting Bec Road, London, London, SW17 8BH, London
The Geminid meteor shower peaks on 13/14 December. Unlike other
meteor showers, the dust and grains (mostly how big they are) that create those “shooting star” streaks across the sky come from an asteroid, not a comet. That’s Phaethon! We’ll try to grab a view of some out of our eyes – no binoculars or telescope needed, as they flash by and burn up around 80-100km above us in the upper realms of the atmosphere.
If there’s a decent night, we’ll meet on Tooting common to try and catch some of them. Of course, they won’t be as common as the Perseids in August, but there should be a few over the evening that, hopefully, we can catch some of between us.
Please note that this has already taken place on 15/12/2022
The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.
Thu 15th Dec
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
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