Saturday, 12 December 2020

The Geminid Meteor Shower seen from Huddersfield in 1901

 

The Geminid Meteor Shower seen from Huddersfield in 1901


The Geminid Meteor Shower is due on the night of December 13th/14th 2020 weather permitting, but people were watching the Geminids over 100 years ago. The Geminids are the dust grains left behind behind by the asteroid Phaethon. When the Earth passes through these dust streams we see meteor showers.  There are several notable meteor showers that can be seen each year.

Mr C L Brook from Meltham near Huddersfield saw 19 meteors on the 11th December 1901 of which 11 were Geminids. He saw a further 25 meteors on December 12th including 17 Geminids.




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