Look Up! Gleaming Geminid Meteor Shower of 2018 Peaks Tonight

Audrey Hill
December 14, 2018

In the hours before sunrise Friday, the most meteors will be visible in the North American sky, peaking about 7:30 a.m. ET, predicts Sky & Telescope.

An annual phenomenon, the Geminid shower occurs every December.

Bundle up and watch one of the best meteor showers before the year ends.

The Geminid meteor shower is set to dazzle the nighttime sky on December 13 and will continue until the early morning hours of December 14. You can book tickets for the session here. "Photographers or astronomy enthusiasts can travel to Alwar in Rajasthan, the north Himalayan regions, or rural areas like Bandardara in Maharashtra to watch the Geminid shower", he added.

Green fireballs are set to appear in the night sky this week according to NASA. This shower is called "Geminid" because it is named after the constellation 'Gemini'which is where the meteors seem to emerge, it is believed. Though they'll appear in fewer numbers, the week surrounding the Geminids' peak may still provide a good show. If there are clear skies over Sarasota, you can expect to see the light show starting between 9-10 p.m. The best showing is slated for 2 a.m., Friday morning, but meteors are possible anytime after sunset. The debris swim into our planet's atmosphere and become what we call the 'shooting stars'.

As an added bonus, if you get to a dark-sky location, take a look up near the Pleiades, a close group of stars easily seen in the night sky.

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"The Geminids are usually the strongest meteor showers of the year and meteor enthusiasts are certain to circle December 13 and 14 on their calendars", according to the American Meteor Society.

"If you can see the familiar winter constellations Orion and Gemini in the sky, you'll see some Geminids", NASA explained in a skywatching video.

"First discovered via satellite data 35 years ago, Phaethon is responsible for bringing the spectacular Geminid meteor showers to Earth's atmosphere each December". It was originally considered to be an asteroid but now NASA considers it an extinct comet.

The shower favors the northern hemisphere; in the southern hemisphere, the meteors' radiant point rises later, and is above the horizon for a relatively short period of time.

Early night stargazers should turn their backs to the moon and allow their eyes to adjust to the darkness for about a half hour.

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