Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Geminid meteor shower to light up the sky

Geminid meteor shower to light up the sky

The National Weather Service based in Raleigh in the U.S. said the meteor shower has reached its peak but it still should be visible over the next few nights as well, but cloud cover will mean the meteors are less visible than last night. Astronomers have stated that other active meteor showers like Monocerotids, Sigma Hydrids, and the Comae Barenicids could be seen in the sky. Unlike the Perseid Meteor shower that we saw back in August, he adds these are much easier to see.

He said the dust and grit of 3200 Phaethon burns up as it travels through Earth's atmosphere "in a flurry of shooting stars".

Turn your eyes to the sky tonight as more than 60 meteors might be spotted per hour as the Geminid meteor shower gets underway. The meteor shower is composed of material left behind by asteroid 3200 Phaeton, which is passing Earth this month a bit closer than usual.

The Geminids take their name from where they originate-the constellation Gemini.

The Geminids can be seen all around the world.

For a direct view of the meteor shower, find a dark calm place away from the lights of the cities, especially in villages. The asteroid will be visible in the evening from December 13 to about a week.

"The Geminids are good", reported veteran meteor observer Eliot Herman in Tucson, Arizona, who captured this fireball as it fell on the morning of December 14.

The asteroid, meanwhile, is best viewed on December 15.

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