Saturday, December 01, 2012
Tonight's Sky: December 2012
Backyard stargazers get a monthly guide to the northern hemisphere's skywatching events with "Tonight's Sky." In December, look for open star cluster M34 and keep your eyes open for the Geminid meteor shower.
"Tonight's Sky" is produced by HubbleSite.org, online home of the Hubble Space Telescope. This is a recurring show, and you can find more episodes — and other astronomy videos — at HubbleSite.org.
Starry fireworks end the year with a bang and the Geminid meteor shower is usually one of the best of the year. Though the shower's peak is brief, on the night of December 13 and 14, up to 120 meteors per hour are predicted, if you live in an area with dark skies. Video by NASA JPL.