How to watch this week's Geminid meteor shower

12 December, 2017, 18:50 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Courtesy Sky & Telescope  Gregg Dindermann

What is a meteor shower? These can sometimes have a classic "Disney Movie" look to them. These are what we call meteors; if they reach the ground, they're called meteorites.

"They are not a very speedy meteor and, because they are not travelling as swiftly through the Earth's atmosphere, these ones can take on a bit of a yellowish or orangey glow to them", Florian said. Meteor showers are titled after the position of the radiant, usually a star or constellation close to where they emerge in the night sky. What makes it interesting is the fact that these places will not only be great for witnessing the Geminid Meteor Shower but will also prove to be great winter destinations to vacation at!

The meteor burst through the sky shortly after 3 a.m. on December 2.

Year to year, meteor showers vary. With a thin crescent moon, moonlight won't be much of a problem especially with it's late rise over Jacksonville at 3:53 a.m.

How do I get the best view of the Geminid meteor shower?

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Things do improve in the early hours of the morning which could mean that you have a flawless window within which to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon without getting completely soaked.

The Geminid meteor shower is expected to provide a celestial display and people will have to move out of the glare of city lights to a darker region, Director, M P Birla Planetarium, Debiprosad Duari said on Tuesday. Give your eyes time to adjust to the dark. "When you see a meteor, attempt to trace it backwards", said Cooke.

Over time it has become more intense, with up to 20 comets per hour reported in the 1920s, rising to 50 in the 1930s, 60 in the 1940s and 80 in the 1970s.

Normally, the Perseids meteor shower that takes place over the summer is the best one of the year, but there was bright moonlight that made them hard to see this year, making the Geminids the best shower, according to NASA.

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