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All the times are given in Israel standard local time (UTC+2), add 1hour in case of daylight saving time. The rise/set/transit and altitude information are given for Israel (longitude 35°E, latitude 32°N).
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Meteor Shower: Geminids
Earth passage through densest region in the stream:
14-12-2017 at  08   hour, Israel local time (UTC+2).

Sun Rise: 06:32 ,   Set: 16:36

Moon Illuminated fraction: -0.16
moon phase
set  at  13:14   on  12-12-2017
rise  at  01:55   on  13-12-2017
set  at  13:48   on  13-12-2017
rise  at  02:49   on  14-12-2017
set  at  14:22   on  14-12-2017
rise  at  03:45   on  15-12-2017
set  at  14:57   on  15-12-2017
Period of activity: 07-12 till 17-12
ZHR: 120 meteors/hour
Velocity: 35 km/s
Population index: 2.6
Solar longitude: 262.20 °
Parent comet: 3200 Phaethon

Radiant transit: 01:32
Radiant Rise: 17:58 ,   Set: 09:11
Radiant coordinates, RA: 112.0 °    Dec: 33.0 °
radiant map
Map of the sky visible from Israel on 14-12-2017   at 01:32   Israel local time (UTC+2).

Plots of Meteor shower, Sun, and Moon altitude (above the horizon), during the night of (How to read):
13-12-2017 14-12-2017 15-12-2017


This page present meteor shower information for Israel.
All the times are given in Israeli standard local time (
UTC+2). In case of daylight saving time (summer clock), add one hour to all times.

Glossary (For more information see: meteors in the astropedia).
ZHR Zenith Hourly Rate. The number of meteors that a single observer will see in a dark night if the radiant is in the zenith and stars as faint as magnitude 6.5 are visible with the naked eye.
Radiant The position on the celestial sphere from which the meteors of a given shower emanate.
Solar longitude (λ) The ecliptic longitude of the Sun (in the J2000.0 coordinates system), at the time in which the Earth encounters the densest part of the meteorid stream.
How to read the plots
The three plots at the bottom of the page show the Sun altitude (yellow line), Moon altitude (purple line), and Radiant altitude (colored line) as a function of time during the night. The color coding on the radiant altitude represent the distance (in degrees; 1° equal about 1day) from the time in which the Earth is crossing the densest part of the meteor stream (which its solar longitude is given in the upper right corner of the plot).
Best circumstances occur when the altitude of the radiant is maximal at the time in which Earth crosses the densest region of the stream, and the Moon phase (shown in the upper left) is minimal.