The biggest meteor shower of the year takes place this month and offers us a fantastic spectacle in the night sky. RT has all the information you need to enjoy the Sky Show.
The Geminids are an annual meteor shower that takes place in December as the earth flows through a mass of dusty garbage that burns in our atmosphere.
The result is a spectacular light show that looks like hundreds of shooting stars are flying through the sky. The Geminids contain more mass than any other meteor shower and can contain colors like red, blue and yellow.
The dust comes from 3200 Phaethon, a strange rocky object called an asteroid, but could be an extinct comet – scientists are not sure. Meteor showers tend to come from comets, which makes the Geminids even more unique.
How can you see this amazing show?
The Geminids begin on the 4th of December and start on the 13th, 14th or 15th of December, depending on what time zone you are from.
NASA recommends that you go outside after 10:30 pm, or when the moon has set, and find the darkest possible spot from which to look. People living in rural areas can see the show more clearly than in urban areas. Therefore, city dwellers interested in the event should consider traveling outside the city.
After the eyes set for about 30 minutes, the Geminid meteors appear in clusters above their heads, with gaps between each visual burst of ecstasy.
At 2 am, the meteorites in dark areas will rise to about 100 per hour. The suburbs are expected to be 30-40 per hour and even less in the cities.
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The Geminids are named after the constellation of Gemini stars. This is the point in the sky from which the meteorites seem to come from. However, the meteorites do not come from here and are visible all over the sky, NASA explains.
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