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These nights are the biggest "rain" of the stars of the year – the Society



The "Night of Geminides" is a star phenomenon for astronomy fans. It is the largest "rain" of the stars in the year, and this month will increase. Its maximum activity, on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th December, will be a natural spectacle of light for the Northern Hemisphere.

In Argentina you can get away from the cities, but at a glance. This can be seen from last night until Monday 17th.

The point in the sky where the "meteor" is born – from the poetic and visual – is the constellation of twins (more known as Gemini), located near Orion. The name of the astronomical phenomenon that occurs every year when particles of dust coming from comets or asteroids break into the atmosphere of our planet.

So, the observer will be able to see the meteor every two minutes on average if it is in the "dark" zone, without light pollution of cities and with clear horizons. "The rain of Geminides can be seen in both hemispheres, in the northern hemisphere it is always more visible (the radiant is over the horizon).

Fakundo Rodríguez, astronomy astronomer at Cordoba Astronomical Observatory, says you have to be patient. "It's not about going at night and suddenly when we leave the city on the road, we start seeing the Geminides, we have to stay in the dark for a few minutes to get used to our eyes and the attention to see the stars, otherwise they will not be recorded."

In Planetarium, Rodriguez advises that the ideal location to see this rain is to "lie down and turn his head north." If we stand, it is best to turn our back on the constellation Gemini to see the way of the stars because they were born from there, if we focus on it, nothing else, we just will see them coming out. "At the San Juan Observatory, the show will be full." It's far from the city's light and I remember studying Geminides as a student, it was impressive. "

This year will be the "Geminid Night". It is that although it happens during the day, the moon will give it even clearer touch. "December 15 (14th night, the peak of the rain) will be a quarter, so there will be much more, due to the darkness, something that would not happen at full moon (which will be the 22nd day when the phenomenon is completed)," he adds.


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