Beyond the Weather: Dogs and Geminids

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Winter’s chill has been felt across eastern Iowa this week. As colder air moves in, the moisture content of the air is lower. This provides a clearer sky, especially at night for views beyond the weather.

The past couple of weeks, we have mentioned the constellation Orion. It is located in the southeast sky during our December evenings. As it rises higher in the sky, look below it, closer to the horizon. Two bright stars will be visible. What you find are the dog stars, Procyon and the brighter of the two, Sirius. Procyon is in the constellation Canis Minor, while Sirius is part of Canis Major.

The Geminid meteor shower peaks next Monday and Tuesday night. As you may have guessed, the meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, near the eastern horizon. The Geminids can be seen later in the evening, with the best viewing after 2 a.m. There is anticipation of seeing 50 meteors or more per hour.

Happy stargazing!


The dog stars, Procyon and Sirius (Sirius is the brighter of the two). Procyon is in the constellation Canis Minor, while Sirius is part of Canis Major.
The Geminid meteor shower will radiate from the constellation Gemini, near the eastern horizon.