Geminid Meteor Shower for December 13th 2016 with Full Moon

The moon will be full and close to the radiant point on December 13 (Tuesday night). This particular meteor shower is still worth watching. The dimmer meteors will, however, be drowned out by the moonlight! On a moonless night, you can see up to 100 per hour. The Geminids meteor shower has many fireballs, which in my mind, is unique compared to all the other showers through out the year. You can see several fireballs per hour. I have watched this shower on several occasions when the temperature was well below freezing, and it is well worth it too!

You can start watching soon after sunset. The graphic is set for 8 pm local time.


Our Moon, on December 6th - December 8th, one hour after sunset.

The software for this image is free and can be found at
It's also great to use if you want to know what the Moon looks like three days or three years from now.
It's very easy to use! (My fireflies are rugged in all weather conditions!)



Venus in the evening sky forty-five minutes after sunset from mid-July 2016 through mid-April 2017
(You can download the individual frames for this animation here
(~87 MB zip file) )

Venus will reach superior conjunction on June 6th, or another way of saying it, Venus will be on the opposite side of the Sun away from us. Anyway, I have this animation setup from July 15th of this year through April 15th, 2017. The most interesting date is on August 27th when Jupiter and Venus will be a little less than 8 arc-minutes apart.

I have inserted a small view of what you would see if you were to watch Venus through a telescope over the coming months. Venus starts off small and round in July. As the days progress, Venus becomes larger and closer to the Earth, and it goes through various phases of illumination much like the Moon. By the time it reaches March 2017, Venus will have a thin crescent phase. Venus will reach inferior conjunction on March 25th 2017.

I have another animation like the one you are seeing now, but with the Moon added in at a slower frame rate (and no music).

The music is from Mark Knopfler from the movie soundtrack Local Hero (Whistle Theme) - highly recommended!


Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon February 10 - 11, 2017


Annular Eclipse of the Sun on February 26, 2017 as seen in South America and Africa

This eclipse will favor mostly the southern hemisphere. At greatest eclipse, the Moon will cover 99.2% of the Sun; thus, the "ring of fire" will be seen along the path of annularity. The disappearing Suns in Africa represent sunset. A few locations will see the eclipsed Sun setting while the eclipse is in progress.

The cities on the map are as follows:

Abuja - Nigeria, Asuncion - Paraguay, Bangui - Central African Republic, Brasilia - Brazil, Buenos Aires - Argentina, Cape Town - South Africa, Jamestown - Saint Helena, Lima - Peru, Luanda - Angola
Lusaka - Zambia, Monrovia - Liberia, Niamey - Niger, Pretoria - South Africa, Punta Arenas - Chile, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, Santiago - Chile, Sao Tome, Stanley - Falkland Islands, Sucre - Bolivia, Windhoek - Namibia


Total Eclipse of the Sun - August 21, 2017 - USA
This magnificent eclipse is now nine months away! Are you ready?
Visit my eclipse page with new states being added constantly!




Greatest duration or maximum darkness for this eclipse will occur in Illinois and not Kentucky! USNO says 2 minutes and 44 seconds, and NASA says 2 minutes and 40 seconds. I guess we will have to wait until 2017 to find out who was right!

Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen from the great state of Kentucky next year!




Total Eclipse of the Moon on January 31, 2018 as Seen from the United States





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Updated on December 6, 2016