Geminid meteor:- This is not a myth and not an ordinary superstitious stuff.If you’re looking for a fantastic light show, all you need to do is look up on tonight to early hours of tomorrow i.e., December 14.This is one of the best meteor show and we can view it from any part of the world even from our Guntur.Most meteor showers are caused by comets. The Geminids are associated with an asteroid called the 3200 Phaethon. Having an asteroid as the foundation of a meteor shower provides an excellent source of dust grains that will burn up as they dive into the Earth’s atmosphere, according to NASA.
Sky watchers should go to an open space and keep an eye on the sky and binoculars or telescopes will not be required to watch the celestial display, Duari said. “This year the Geminid meteor shower is predicted to peak on the night of 13 December and the early morning of 14 December. The shower will start at around 10 pm on 13 December when the Gemini constellation will be visible in the north-eastern sky, a little above and right of the familiar Orion constellation,” Duari director of Birla Planetarium said.
The shower is predicted to be at its maximum at around 2 am on 14 December, when the Gemini constellation will be almost overhead and the number of meteors can reach up to 120 per hour, he said. “Though the meteors tend to originate from the Gemini constellation, they can be observed from most parts of the sky. Since the meteors are relatively slow moving, the bright streaks of light will be easily visible and one does not need a binocular or telescope for enjoying the show while lying on an open ground away from city lights,” he said.
If there is no pollution or clouds, then the Moon will not play a spoilsport for this year’s Geminid meteor shower. The Geminid shower is expected to be the best meteor shower in the year for this reason, as the Moon will be a thin and wispy crescent. Bill Cooke from Nasa’s Meteoroid Environment Office says, “With August’s Perseids obscured by bright moonlight, the Geminids will be the best shower this year. The thin, waning crescent Moon won’t spoil the show.
If you are a true celestial watcher all you have to do go to an open place and enjoy the show.
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