Gemind December 2017 Meteor Shower Tonight

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"Since the meteors are relatively slow moving, the bright streaks of light will be easily visible and one does not need a binocular or telescope for enjoying the show while lying on an open ground away from city lights", he said.

As the Earth flies through the debris of a odd cross between a comet and an asteroid, 3200 Phaethon, material from that object will enter the Earth's atmosphere and put on a light show that peaks Wednesday and Thursday, beginning at around 10:30 p.m. each night. Rather than look directly at Gemini, which will limit your view to meteors that don't travel far, look around the constellation to see meteors with longer tails.

The show will compensate for the flop of the Perseid meteor shower in August, when the glare of a full moon snuffed most viewers' attempts to appreciate the event. At the peak we will see almost 120 meteors per hour.

Spectacular showers of up to 100 shooting stars an hour will light up the skies over Britain later this week - although you'll have to get up early to catch them.

The Geminids meteor shower, which began on December 4 and runs through December 17, 2017, peaks tomorrow night, December 13th through 14th, 2017.

All of the meteors you see may not belong to the Geminid shower - some might be sporadic background meteors.

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When is the Geminid meteor shower? The meteor shower sets in the western sky just before sunrise. The shower will remain overnight December 13-14 with rates approximately one per minute under suitable circumstances, according to Cooke.

Where do the Geminids meteors come from?

Known as 3200 Phaethon, the three-mile-wide object was discovered in 1983 by two British scientists examining Nasa satellite images and initially classified as an asteroid.

There were no recorded Geminids before the mid-1800's. They also suggest to give your eyes about 20 minutes to adapt to the dark for optimal viewing.

As the shower's name suggests, its meteors appear to originate from the Gemini constellation.

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