Geminid meteor shower: Where, when and how to see it

Geminid meteor shower: Where, when and how to see it

Geminid meteor shower: Where, when and how to see it

The Geminids are one of the most reliable meteor showers, and the action begins early - at around 9 pm. The meteors should be most visible around midnight on December 13 and 14, although you may be able to catch a glimpse of the cosmic debris right up until the 17th.

The 3200 Phaethon may have collided with another object in the distant past, which produced the stream of particles that hurdle across earth's atmosphere and created a meteor shower.

As Joe Rao explains on Space.com, the Geminids are relatively slow-moving meteors. Also, if the weather is clear, 2018 should be the best year ever to watch the Gemenides, Google said.

The Perseids in summer result in around 80 per hour again with bright meteors but with plenty of trains, the long streaks across the skies.

This interactive map shows how Earth passes through the remains shed by the asteroid.

Phaethon orbits the sun closer than any other asteroid and takes 1.4 years to orbit it. When observing the sky in search of meteors, viewers should look toward the namesake constellation since most meteors will be visible in that location, though looking in any direction will still work.


A general view of the Geminid meteor shower, in El Teide National Park on the Canary Island of Tenerife, on December 13, 2012.

Spotting the meteors will not be hard because they move at approximately 35 km/s. Phaethon is a odd blue asteroid that scientists named after its namesake- the Greek God Apollo's son. This is when they will be high in the sky.

If you are eager to see the shower yourself, you won't need any special equipment or need to travel far. The best part is that our country is positioned to get the best view as we are in the Northern Hemisphere.

Up to 50 times more shooting stars than a normal night are expected in what David Moore, editor of Astronomy Ireland, has previously called a "wonderful natural celestial fireworks display".

While it may appear as though the Geminids originate from the constellation they get their name from, they should be visible across the sky, according to NASA.

To best enjoy the show NASA recommends that people find a very dark spot and give their eyes 30 minutes to adjust to the dark.

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