The biggest meteor year of the year is held this month and gives us a wonderful spectacle in the night sky. RT has all the information you need to enjoy a heavenly show.
Geminids is the annual meteorological shower that takes place in December, when the Earth goes through a lot of dust fragments that burn in our atmosphere.
The result is a spectacular light show that looks as if hundreds of fire stars fly over the sky. Geminides contain more mass than any other meteor shower and can contain colors like red, blue and yellow.
Dust fragments come from 3,200 Phaethon, a strange rock object that is referred to as an asteroid, but which can be an extinct comet – scientists are not sure. Meteor showers tend to come from comets, making Geminides much more unique.
So how can you watch this amazing show?
Geminides start on December 4 and peak on December 13, 14 or 15, depending on the time zone you are watching.
NASA recommends arriving after 10:30 or when the month is set, and find the darkest place to look at. Those living in rural areas will be able to see the show more clearly than those in urban areas, so residents of cities who want to capture an event should consider the way out of the city.
After your eyes adjust for about 30 minutes, gemini meteors begin to appear in clusters, with gaps between each burst of visual pleasure.
Within 2 hours, the meteors rise to about 100 per hour in darker areas, with people in the suburbs expecting 30-40 per hour, and people in the cities will see even less.
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Geminids is named after the star constellation Gemini. That's a point in the sky, where the meteors seem to look like, radiant. Meteors, however, do not actually come in and will be visible all over the sky, NASA explains.
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