Wednesday, 13 November, 2019

A grand night for the Geminids

Motorists faced difficult conditions in Scotland and across the Pennines this morning with snow falling in Tameside Motorists faced difficult conditions in Scotland and across the Pennines this morning with snow falling in Tameside
Sandra Phillips | 16 December, 2017, 06:02

While the 2017 Geminid meteor shower turned out quite nice for some, the view was less than flawless in our region thanks to a sluggish deck of high clouds that very slowly broke up through the night across the southern half of Texas.

Delaney said the shower peaked at an average of 60 visible meteors per hour thanks to a heavier-than-normal hail of dust from the asteroid.

As usual, the photographers of the Tennessee Valley caught the beauty on camera! Typically, meteor showers are caused by comets and some scientists believe 3200 Phaethon may be an inactive comet, but it remains classed as an asteroid.

"Backyard...wrapped in blankets...watching the Geminid meteor shower...best life moments", tweeted another user, anna0471, who is based in California. The Geminid particles, so called because they seem to be streaming out of the Gemini constellation, actually come from a space rock about 5km in diameter, called Phaethon. Astronomers don't know exactly what the "weird, rocky object" is, other than the Earth passes through its debris trail every December.

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Not only is the shower predicted to be one of the most dazzling shows ever with around 100 meteors per hour, the spectacular display will also be visible from nearly every country in the world. The best time to see the meteor shower will be on December 14 between 1 am and 2 am, when the Gemini constellation will be nearly overhead.

The shooting stars can be seen with the naked eye in this mountainous region far away from cities and their light pollution.

Bottom line: Photos of 2017's Geminid meteor shower.

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