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Geminid meteor shower peaks this week

Geminid meteor shower peaks this week

The Geminid meteor shower will peak tonight and into early Thursday morning.

Russian astronomers have been tracking the asteroid's path, which has been described by NASA as a "potentially hazardous asteroid". It's about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) across and orbits the sun every 1.4 years. Usually what it means is you'll see nothing for five, six, seven or eight minutes.

Hundreds of bright meteors will illuminate the night sky as they burn up in Earth's atmosphere.

The Geminid Shower, named after the constellation closest to its appearance, will be visible anytime between December 13 and December 14. Recent showers have been even more impressive, with 120 to 160 meteors per hour under optimal conditions. Rural observers could see 100 or more per hour.

But one element that can't be stopped from hampering our ability to see shooting stars is cloud cover.

As for where to look, meteors will be visible from all directions of the sky.

You should also still be able to see individual meteors until Saturday, December 16. The moon rises at 2:36 a.m. Thursday, so you will have slightly better viewing before that.




It's precise because the annual meteor shower is the most reliable in the southern hemisphere.

The best way to view tonight's shower is with the human eye so there is no need to use binoculars or a telescope.

In order to see them more clearly a dark sky is optimal.

The spectacles can be captured by naked eyes on the Changbai Mountains, one of the best observation locations far away from city's light pollution. The Geminids meteor shower was recorded much earlier in the 1860s.

The bright yellow meteors are the cosmic remains of the icy 3200 Phaethon.

The Royal Greenwich Observatory said: "Hunting for meteors, like the rest of astronomy, is a waiting game, so it's best to bring a comfy chair to sit on and to wrap up warm as you could be outside for a while". The Geminids originate from the comet 3200 Phaethon, which is expected to pass by notably close to Earth this year.


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