About the Perth Observatory
Western Australia's oldest observatory is located 25km east of Perth in Bickley. The Observatory has served WA for 118 years and remains actively involved in the service of public education. In recognition of its scientific, cultural and historical significance, the Observatory was entered on the state's Heritage Register in 2005. Perth Observatory is part of the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
Geminid Meteor Shower 2014
loudspeaker imageThe Geminid meteor shower will peak in the early hours of Monday 15 December. They are best viewed from Perth from early morning to dawn, however moonlight will interfere with observations as the moon enters its last quarter on the 14th. One of the most important meteor showers of the year, the Geminid meteors radiate from the constellation Gemini and were caused by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Meteor showers usually occur when streams of dust are released from comets - the Geminids are unusual as the dust is caused by an asteroid. They are slow-moving meteors, making them fairly easy to spot. They often have a yellowish hue and can be seen in the southern hemisphere by looking to the east, midway up, where they will be dispersed over a large area. https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ planets/geminids.cfm
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Perth Observatory
337 Walnut Rd, BICKLEY WA 6076
Tel: (08) 9293 8255
Fax: (08) 9293 8138
Email: perth.observatory@dpaw.wa.gov.au
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The Perth Observatory cannot provide the following information for use in statutory declarations for evidence in a court of law: natural lighting, rise/set phenomena, lunar phases and illumination.

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