Geminid meteor to display this Wednesday

12 December, 2017, 17:25 | Author: Cecelia Webb
  • Geminids 2017: How to see New Zealand's best meteor shower of the year

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.

But those of you who can bundle up and fearless the cold - and if the skies are clear - it will be possible to see upwards of 120 "shooting stars" an hour, as they bolt across the sky at a blazing 35 km per second.

Every December, the annual Geminid meteor shower arrives to light up the sky.

He said, "And those that streak through the atmosphere are called meteors". Also, the moon is in a waning crescent phase steering clear of this year's shower.

The most meteors will be visible from midnight to 4 a.m. on Thursday, when the radiant is highest in the sky. Frank Schomp captured a meteor streaking across the night sky on December 2, 2017. "And because they are travelling a bit slower and they are a bit bigger, usually you can even see that they are a brighter meteor flying across the sky".

The best time to enjoy the meteor shower this year is on the night of December 13 and morning of December 14.




The most spectacular meteor shower of the year will take place Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, as Earth passes through the dust cloud of an asteroid and experiences a bombardment of debris traveling faster than any spacecraft. It will peak around 2am, when the sky is darkest.

When is the Geminid meteor shower?

If you're in a cold area, dress warmly and grab a blanket to lie down (ideally somewhere far away from light pollution). They also suggest to give your eyes about 20 minutes to adapt to the dark for optimal viewing. "If you end up in the constellation Gemini, there's a good chance you've seen a Geminid".

What sets the Geminids apart from other meteor showers is their point of origin.

You don't need any special viewing equipment instead you'll just need a clear sky, some warm clothes and a lot of patience.

The best way to observe is to get away from bright lights and look up in any direction.

One of the year's best meteor showers is ready to put on a show over the Sonoran Desert.

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