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

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

"With August's Perseids obscured by bright moonlight, the Geminids will be the best shower this year", Bill Cooke, with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, said in a news release.

The Geminids peak every year around this time in mid-December, but many fail to notice them because it's not only a busy time of year, it's also chilly for us northern hemisphere dwellers.

Meteors should appear all over the sky, though not all will belong to the Geminid shower.

While the shower carries on throughout the month of December, it will reach its visual peak between the 13th and 14th of December.

"The Geminids offer slow, brighter than average meteors with some having hints of color, reds and yellows", said Eric Vandernoot, astronomy and physics lab coordinator at Florida Atlantic University. "Good rates will be seen between 7:30 p.m. on December 13 and dawn local time the morning of December 14, with the most meteors visible from midnight to 4 a.m. on December 14, when the radiant is highest in the sky".

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Up to 120 shooting stars per hour could be visible as the meteor shower passes over the country, reports NRK.

People across the city and elsewhere in the country will get an awesome opportunity to witness a meteor shower display on Wednesday night.

Gemini constellation will be nearly overhead and the number of meteors can reach up to 120 per hour. "If that is too hard for them, then I often advise people to head east towards the shore". Meteors rise all across the sky. He didn't catch a Geminid (although he did catch a random meteor, which exploded as it fell). If you have clear skies, and can get somewhere dark and away from light pollution, then the peak of the Geminids meteor shower is the ideal opportunity to get out and witness one of nature's greatest spectacles. They are produced when Earth plows through a cloud of debris from an oddball object named 3200 Phaethon, which some astronomers describe as a cross between an asteroid and a comet.

The asteroid, a three-mile-wide rock called 3200 Phaethon, will remain a comfortable 6.4 million miles away. Generally, comets, which are chunks of ice having lots of dust come close to the Sun.

Since its first recorded observation in 1833 (from a riverboat on the Mississippi), the Geminid shower has only grown stronger, thanks to Jupiter's gravity tugging the particle stream closer to Earth.


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