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Geminid meteor shower 2018

Geminid meteor shower 2018

It has also put out a blog post on how to watch the Geminid meteor shower this year. They are the only major meteor shower not originating from a comet and were first observed in the 19th century. Another nice thing about the Geminid meteor shower is that you will be able to see several meteors before midnight.

According to NASA, watching the shower is pretty easy, provided you can get yourself somewhere really, really dark. But it is slated to set about 10 p.m., after which the sky should be the darkest and best time for viewing the light display.

Of course, that's all if you're in the countryside.

When can I see the best meteor showers this December?

An excuse to ditch our phones and stargaze?

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While out on patrol Wednesday evening, one police officer in IN captured breathtaking footage of the Geminid meteor shower, known for its green fireballs.

According to Dark Sky Discovery, the United Kingdom has some of the largest areas of dark sky in Europe, meaning our chances of observing the Geminids in their full glory are high.

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"Although the meteors will appear to have Gemini as their point of origin, they can appear anywhere in the night sky".

But the source of the shower was unknown until 1983 when Phaethon was discovered.

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The comet will be visible to the naked eye when it flies by Sunday. "Little bits of rock will burn up as they zip through Earth's upper atmosphere", said Filippenko, and thereby create the poorly named phenomenon known as a "shooting star" or "falling star", which "are not stars at all, of course!" The most meteors should be seen around 2 a.m., if the sky is clear enough.

The Geminids are often bright and intensely colored, and travel at a medium-to-slow velocity, according to the American Meteor Society.

On December 16, Wirtanen will get the closest it will be to Earth in the next two decades: a distance of about 7 million miles. It was closest to the sun on December 12. This happens when the Earth passes via a massive trail of dusty debris shed by Phaethon 3200, an asteroid. In ideal conditions, there would be 50 to 120 meteors an hour.

To experience the celestial show, you do not need to have a telescope or binoculars.

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