Geminid meteor shower: Where, when and how to see it

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The Geminid meteor shower of 2018 would be best visible in the deserts and mountains of Northern India on December 13-14, 2018, experts say.

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, so hope for clear skies that will let you see a attractive show of green fireballs on Thursday and Friday. Every year, in December, our planet Earth crosses the orbital path of an object called 3200 Phaethon, a mysterious body that is sometimes referred to as a rock comet. To be more specific, the meteors will appear to emanate from a spot in the sky near the bright star Castor in Gemini, Space.com's Joe Rao said. The bright white light makes it hard for your eyes to adjust to the darkness and you'll miss out on faint meteors.

On the nights of December 13 and 14, your family will have the chance to see a slew of multi-colored meteors streak across the sky.


"Most meteor showers tend to have better meteor rates after midnight, but the Geminids will be very active all night", AccuWeather astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel said. A large field is ideal because you can then let your eyes roam across the whole sky.

The meteor shower occurs each year around this time as Earth passes through debris created by a rock comet known as 3200 Phaethon.

Don't look at your cell phone during this time Lie back and look up at the sky, try and give yourself the biggest view of the sky as you can.


The rising of a new moon just a few days prior to the shower's peak will mean darker skies, which are ideal conditions under which to observe this spectacle. This is when they will be high in the sky. At this time of year, many northerly regions are quite cold, so be sure to pack warm clothes, blankets and hot drinks.

Nature's "light show" is how NASA describes the Geminid meteor shower.

"The meteor shower is visible the whole day but the actual visibility starts from the night and continues throughout". The really cool aspect of this meteor shower is that at least 120 meteors are produced in an hour. And remember, it takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. The best views will come between roughly midnight and 4 a.m., when the area from which the meteors appear to radiate passes almost overhead.


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