Geminid meteor shower to peak on December 13-14

Starting December 4 all the way through to December 16, the Geminid meteor shower will be dazzling the night skies across the globe.

According to astronomy expert groups, this year’s Geminid meteor shower will peak during late hours of December 13 and early hours of December 14 with as many as 120 meteorites visible.

The 2017 Geminid meteor showers have already begun on December 4 and they will be visible at varying intensities for almost two weeks through to December 14 when they will be at their peak.

Moon is a major spoiler for such events, but according to Farmer’s Almanac when the Geminids reach their peak, that moon will be a very slim crescent. One of the other things that have an adverse impact on the meteor shower visibility is the proximity to bright city lights – something that is already affecting our night skies. The peak of the meteor shower can be experienced from the night of December 13 to early morning hours of December 14.

It will also be visible earlier in the evening than most meteor showers, beginning at around 9 or 10 p.m., making it an ideal shower to check out for children or those who don’t like to stay up.

If you want to ensure that the busy city lights do not come in the way of you enjoying the spectacle, go as far away from population centers as you can. Further, make sure you give your eyes to settle and adapt to the dark before seeing the shower in all its glory. Reach your desired spot early and look up at the night sky and in about 20 odd minutes your eyes will adapt to the night sky and meteors will be visible.

During the peak hours of the Geminid meteor shower you could witness as many as 120 meteors per hour and this makes the Geminids one of the most spectacular meteor showers each year.

The shower will appear from the direction of the constellation Gemini, and climb slowly into the sky throughout the night. You’ll be able to see meteors anywhere you look, but concentrating your attention on that constellation means you’ll see more of them.

If you can’t find Gemini, astronomers recommend looking to the south to maximize the number of meteors you see.

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Gabriel Scott
With a first-class degree in Chemistry, a PhD in Biochemistry and years of experience working and writing in the pharmaceutical industry, I have the knowledge and understanding to write on a wide range of scientific topics.  I have worked for large pharmaceutical companies and small agencies in both regulatory and marketing roles. I have the expertise to deliver a wide range of projects and the experience to understand the quality of work required.


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