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Posted on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 4:13 p.m.

Ann Arbor could see a Geminid meteor shower Thursday night

By Katrease Stafford

A rare, clear night sky in the Ann Arbor area Thursday night may increase the visibility of the expected Geminid meteor shower, MLive.com reports.

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A false-color image of a 2011 Geminid meteor was captured by a camera at New Mexico State University, operated by the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, Ala.

Courtesy NASA

The Geminid shower is expected to be visible between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., according to NASA website. MLive.com reports the meteor shower happens in December as a result of debris from the extinct comet 3200 Phaethonm, coming in contact with the earth's atmosphere.

According to NASA, the week of Dec. 10-16 is a good window for seeing the shower, but Thursday night is expected to be the anticipated peak.

Michigan often misses the shower due to a layer of overnight lake-effect clouds and in December the cold air blowing over the warmer Great Lakes creates a lot of clouds, however, the mild air Thursday is expected to keep the lake clouds from forming.

NASA estimates there may be as many as 30 meteors per hour. For those who still might not be able to see the shower due to city lights, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will have a live Ustream feed beginning at 11 p.m., of the meteor shower.

Read the full report here.

Comments

Renee S.

Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 6:16 p.m.

I saw three last night through my skylight as I was going to bed!

Tano

Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 2:37 a.m.

At around 11PM, Gemini will can be found due East, about half way up between the horizen and directly overhead. By 2AM, it will be pretty near overhead, to the SouthEast.

Rick Stevens

Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 1:04 a.m.

'The Geminid shower is expected to be visible between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., according to NASA website. MLive.com reports the meteor shower happens in December as a result of debris from the extinct comet 3200 Phaethonm, coming in contact with the earth's atmosphere.' Would it be too much to ask if you could tell us where we should look? You know, like 'east', west, southwest, etc.'?

treetowncartel

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 10:11 p.m.

Any idea if this will fill the entire sky? Or should we be concentrating on a specific area/direction?

Chip Reed

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 11:20 p.m.

If you can find Gemini, that's the general area...

Homeland Conspiracy

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 9:23 p.m.

I would luv to see light pollution laws here like in AZ

brian

Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 4:41 a.m.

I would love to see light pollution laws here in Michigan. I can't see nothin.