Sundays 8pm to 11pm on Radio 2

New Episodes at CBC Music

New Episodes at CBC Music

Need more Strombo Show? Head over to our page on CBC Music for new episodes, playlists and video extras.

CBC Music Past Shows



Alt News
Look Up! Meteor Shower Will Dazzle Canadian Skies Overnight
December 13, 2013
submit to reddit

The annual Geminid meteor shower is expected to bring an out-of-this-world cosmic show when it peaks overnight across Canada.

Canadians watching the skies late tonight and early Saturday morning will be able to catch the best meteor shower of the year, Scott Young, an astronomer with the Manitoba Museum Planetarium, told CBC Radio.

The best viewing times for the meteor shower, which gets its name from the constellation Gemini, should be in the wee hours of Saturday, once the moon sets around 4 a.m. ET and before sunrise.

That period of darkness is what Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office calls the "magic hour" of visibility.

"The Geminid meteor shower is the most intense meteor shower of the year," Cooke said on a NASA blog. "It is rich in fireballs and can be seen from almost any point on Earth. Even a bright moon won't completely spoil the show."

More than 100 meteors typically streak across the sky per hour during the peak.

The Geminids come from an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon. As that asteroid sheds pieces of space debris, the Earth will be passing close by, just as it does every year around mid-December. Those bits of rock flying off the asteroid are what produce the stunning meteor shower displays we see on Earth.

While telescopes aren't needed to see the meteor event, it's probably a good idea to bundle up and bring a comfortable chair. And if you'd rather watch the Geminid meteor shower from indoors, you can check out a live webcast from NASA. 



To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.