- Geminids – Happens in December with peak on 13/14th December – 140 ZHR
- Quadrantids – Happens in January with peak on 4th January – 110 ZHR
- Perseids – Happens in August with peak on 13th August – 110 ZHR
In 2020 the Moon is new this time so it will be possible to spend the entire night watching the Geminids without any interference from our nearest celestial neighbour. The radiant reaches its highest at around 2.00 am local time (14th December early morning) making the hours just after midnight the ideal time to catch the Geminids at their best. The direction to see in Chennai is given in the table below.
6. What’s next: Jupiter and Saturn are going to meet up on December 21
On Dec. 21, Jupiter and Saturn are going to meet up in the night sky thanks to a lucky planetary alignment, appearing closer than they have in about 20 years.
- The two planets will be visible in the same field of view through binoculars or a telescope, according to NASA.
- “This is the ‘greatest’ great conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn for the next 60 years, with the two planets not appearing this close in the sky until 2080,” NASA said.