Published: Fri, December 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: Where and when to watch it peak tonight

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: Where and when to watch it peak tonight

"The Geminids will appear to the north-east, just above the horizon in the constellation of Gemini", she said.

This year, the Geminids peak overnight between Thursday and Friday (December 13 and 14).

The meteor shower was set to be streamed through Slooh, a network of telescopes, on Thursday night as well. So the sky is darker, and the shooting stars will be higher in the sky, and thus brighter.

In order to see the meteors, you'll need to head away from city lights and let your eyes adjust.

Next year 's meteor display won't be accompanied by such visible conditions as there will be a full moon out.

Grab a warm jacket or blanket and plan to camp out for quite a few hours to see as many meteors as you can.

"The Geminids seen during the early evening hours are long and slow moving", the American Meteor Society reported on its website.

But this year brings a skywatching bonus: the Geminids peak comes Thursday and Friday night, just as the brightest comet of the year, 46P/Wirtanen, is set to come historically close just a few nights later on December 16. The group starts the walk at 8 p.m., but the show will go all night, so show up anytime. Starting at dusk, spectators should be able to spot between 50 and 100 meteors per hour, with the show peaking around 2 a.m.

Under ideal conditions, one should theoretically be able to see up to 100 meteors per hour at this time, NASA said.

The Geminids are a meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon.

According to the NASA blog "Watch The Skies", the Geminid Meteor Shower occurs when the Earth passes through dusty debris left behind from a rocky object in space named 3200 Phaethon.

Although the Geminid shower is known for its "shooting stars", the number of meteors visible depends on the time and how dark it is. Here's how to find Gemini in the sky, although you don't have to look directly at it to be able to see tonight's lights. Most meteor showers really don't perform until after midnight. But the Geminids are so bright that even if you live in a light-polluted urban area, you can still hope to see a couple of meteors, weather permitting.

The best part is that our country is positioned to get the best view as we are in the Northern Hemisphere.


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