Last night I watched about three meteors from the annual Geminids shower. They occur once a year from around December 7th to December 15th. This year it was December 14 11pm – December 15 1am in Sydney.

The stereotype of a meteor/shower is quite different from reality. First of all, there’s only one every minute or two, and secondly, it’s not a brilliant streak of white majestically sweeping across the sky. They’re actually quite short and only visible for a few seconds (although you know when you’ve seen one).

Here are the approximate times of the three main meteor showers every year:

Shower Near constellation Time
 Perseids  Perseus  August 8th – 14th
 Leonids  Leo  November 17th
 Geminids  Gemini  December 7th – 15th