Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Geminid Meteor Shower 2017 - best places to watch the extravaganza in India!

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Eleanor Moreno | 12 December, 2017, 18:49

Spectacular showers of up to 100 shooting stars an hour will light up the skies over Britain later this week - although you'll have to get up early to catch them.

Florian said a meteor is a piece of material left behind a comet or, in the case of the Geminid shower, asteroid-comet 3200 Phaethon. A helpful tip from Sky and Telescope Magazine: you don't need to focus on, or even find, the radiant of a meteor shower in order to see them.

Good viewing conditions are expected in the Upstate, but we could have some clouds for the mountains as we have the remnants of northwest flow snow showers lingering Tuesday night.

Since its first recorded observation in 1833 (from a riverboat on the Mississippi), the Geminid shower has only grown stronger, thanks to Jupiter's gravity tugging the particle stream closer to Earth.


In the D.C. metro area, begin to look for the show before about 10 p.m. when the brightest stars in the Gemini constellation will rise above the horizon. These are what we call meteors; if they reach the ground, they're called meteorites. Frank Schomp captured a meteor streaking across the night sky on December 2, 2017. So last weekend, as this week's Geminid meteor shower was rising to its peak, he had his automatic camera set-up running all night.

This year's display should be particularly good, NASA says, because the moon is a thin, waning crescent this weekend, so it's unlikely to obscure the show.

The best meteor shower of the year is here. The Geminids are live every December when Earth crosses through a large trail of dusty debris shed by an eerie, solid object called 3200 Phaethon. What really makes this meteor shower so attractive to witness is its comet-like orbit along with the presence of shooting stars. It'll take 20-30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

If you can't get away from light pollution, don't worry: You'll still be able to see meteors, just at a slower rate.

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