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Star-gazers are being urged to stay up late and enjoy one of the best displays of the Geminid meteor showers for some years on the night of 14 December 2010.
The National Trust has cited Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire as one of the seven best locations to view the meteors.

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Scotland's skies look set to be lit up by shooting stars shower over the next few nights as an annual meteor shower reaches its peak.
Considered by many to be the best meteor shower in the night sky, the Geminids can produce up to 60 multicoloured meteors per hour at their peak, and this year that peak should be overnight between December 13 and December 14.

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If the weather cooperates - and right now it doesn't look particularly hopeful - an annual meteor shower that could be spectacular will reach its climax Monday and Tuesday nights.
NASA is predicting the Geminid meteor shower could have as many as 80 shooting stars an hour. The agency describes it as "the most intense meteor shower of the year."

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Lovers of the night sky could be in for a treat tomorrow night as clear conditions are predicted for one of the best astronomical shows of the year.
Some experts believe the annual Geminid meteor shower is becoming more spectacular - though if it is, nobody is sure why - and with cloudless skies possible in many parts of the country, this year's event could be a particularly memorable one.

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Nature is about to switch on its own Christmas lights.
Astronomers believe the annual Geminid meteor shower will be especially dramatic this year because the phase of the moon means the sky will be at its darkest.
The shooting stars are tiny particles, some as small as a grain of sand, burning up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere at spectacular speeds.
They will be best observed between midnight and 4am on Tuesday and Wednesday when there will be no moon.

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The constellation of Gemini the Twins is about to become a hot spot of activity for the next two weeks. Skywatchers will notice lots of fiery streaks of light coming from Gemini as a result of the annual Geminid meteor shower.
Unlike the August Perseid meteor shower that has occurred every year for centuries, the Geminid meteor shower is a relative newcomer.
No one reported seeing any Geminid meteors before 1862, but every December since that year, the Geminid shower has appeared on schedule and seems to be getting stronger and better each year.

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Geminids Meteor Shower

Baby, it's cold outside -- but you can still enjoy the best meteor shower of the year. The 2010 Geminid meteor shower promises to be lively, with realistic viewing rates of 50-80 meteors per hour and potential peaks reaching 120 meteors per hour. Anytime between Dec. 12-16 is a valid window for Geminid-watching, but the night of Dec. 13-14 is the anticipated peak.
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The Geminids Meteor Shower is Coming

The Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak on the nights of December 13 and 14, with a predicted peak just after midnight on December 14 on the US East Coast.
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