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The Geminid Meteor Shower Will Light up the Sky This Month

07 December 2017, 08:07 | Edward Lowe

The Geminid Meteor Shower Will Light up the Sky This Month

The Geminid Meteor Shower Will Light up the Sky This Month

"People always tell me that they've never seen a shooting star and I think that's just insane when you think about how much cool stuff is out there and above us all the time, and I think now that astronomy is more tangible to people, they want to get out there and experience it". If you are fond of astronomy you might be interested in what to expect during the night shower and how to get the flawless view. We may still see some of these meteors on neighboring nights, in addition to viewing several lovely pairings of the crescent moon with the planets Jupiter and Mars. The Geminid meteor shower is nearly 200 years old, records say.

Sounds treacherous, particularly when we learn these bad boys are travelling at speeds of up to 100,000 miles per hour.

They also have shown rates as high as 120 meteors per hour. Those that fly through our atmosphere are called meteors, but if they reach the ground they are called meteorites.

The Geminds are named for the Gemini constellation in the northeastern nigh sky, from which they appear to emanate.

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Unlike many meteor showers identified with active comets, the Geminids are now known to be produced by debris left behind by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, discovered in 1982.

Geminids are the slowpokes of the meteor world.

The moon during that peak will be waning, showing just a sliver, less than 20 percent of its total.

The other reason why this year is astronomically favorable for the U.S.to see the Geminids is the exact timing of Earth's encounter with the central section of the meteoroid swarm.

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Mr Magro said his workshop would coincide with the showers' projected peak of December 13-14, meaning attendees will have time to learn and practice their night photography skills with Mr Magro on the 9th, before the Geminids peaks.

The Geminids meteor shower runs annually from December 7 - 17.

From December 13-14, one of the most prolific celestial events will take place in the form of the Geminids Meteor Shower.

How many of these shooting stars can you expect to see?

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Proximity to bright city lights can also adversely effect your viewing experience according to Earth Sky, so get as far away from population centers as you can.



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