How to watch the Geminids, 2017's best meteor shower, this week

12 December, 2017, 18:49 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • The Geminids are coming

As the Earth flies through the debris of a unusual cross between a comet and an asteroid, 3200 Phaethon, material from that object will enter the Earth's atmosphere and put on a light show that peaks Wednesday and Thursday, beginning at around 10:30 p.m. each night. This year, a crescent moon will leave a relatively dark sky for the shower to populate with light. A few nights before it might also prove to be suitable for the views.

You will be able to see meteors scorching through the sky tonight, but their peak will come on December 13 and 14. The Gemini meteor shower is present in the constellation Gemini.

Chester notes that the intensity of the shower has been slowly growing since it first was described in the 1860s.

What sets the Geminids apart from other meteor showers is their point of origin. "Since the meteors are relatively slow moving, the bright streaks of light will be easily visible and one does not need a binocular or telescope to enjoy the show while lying on an open ground away from city lights", he said.

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Not all the meteorites you might see belong to the Geminid shower, however. "It's either a near-Earth asteroid or an unknown comet, sometimes called a rock comet". When to see the Geminids Meteor Shower?

In most of the parts of the world, one can see the Geminids with naked eyes under dark and clear skies.

This stunning wonder of nature takes place as our planet travels through the tail of an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon, which is due to brush nail-bitingly close to our planet on December 17.

"The meteor shower activity varies from year to year, and it is often a complicated matter to predict how handsome a shower will be". As they write, "it's even possible to have your back to the constellation Gemini and see a Geminid meteor fly by".



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