When is the Geminid meteor shower tonight and how to see it?

When is the Geminid meteor shower tonight and how to see it?

When is the Geminid meteor shower tonight and how to see it?

The Geminids Meteor Shower is finally here and shall grace the skies tonight!

The Geminid meteor shower will be most visible over Norfolk on December 13.

Perhaps the best thing about a meteor shower is you don't need any special gear to see it.

The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks late at night on Thursday into the wee hours of the morning Friday, could bring more than 100 meteors per hour to light pollution-free skies in dark areas around the world, according to NASA.

Simply wait for the moon to set around 10:30 pm as its light will wash out the meteor shower. You can book tickets for the session here.

Geminid has a reputation for producing exploding meteors called fireballs.

The green-coloured comet will be at its brightest between December 14 and 18.

If you trace the paths that the meteors take, they seem to originate from the Gemini constellation.

The Geminid meteor shower is different from other such cosmic displays as it can penetrate deeper into the Earth's atmosphere.

If you want to catch this dazzling spectacle, go outside around 9 p.m., set up camp and look up. As we mentioned earlier, the meteor showers will be at their best on Thursday at midnight and will last until Friday night.

The meteor shower is a effect of dust and grit burning when it enters the Earth's atmosphere. As the night gets darker, and each shooting star starts to fall, one can observe more over a period of time. The bright white light makes it hard for your eyes to adjust to the darkness and you'll miss out on faint meteors. The meteor shower is named after the constellation in that part of the sky. Even though the asteroid's name dates all the way back to ancient Greek times, the actual Geminid meteor shower is estimated to be almost 200 years old and is producing more meteors than ever.

The asteroid 3200 Phaethon orbit is elliptical, and crosses the orbits of Earth and passes close to the sun. It was originally considered to be an asteroid but now NASA considers it an extinct comet.

The streaks you'll see are actually debris soaring behind the rocky object 3200 Phaethon, which circles the sun every 1.4 years.

The reports came from more rural and dark locations - away from the District's light pollution - which always make the best place to view meteor showers.

Sharing intriguing pictures of the meteor shower, Twitterati is in a flutter!

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