Friday, 22 March, 2019

Geminid Meteor Shower, Comet to Put on Shows

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The annual Geminid meteor shower is putting on a show of shooting stars this month, and a police officer in IN captured quite a performance from one particular fireball this week.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for mostly clear skies with a slight southern breeze.

Stargazers and others willing to courageous the cold Thursday and Friday nights are in for a cosmic treat: the Geminid meteor shower is coming.

NASA astronomer Bill Cooke told USA Today that the Geminids used to peak at just 30 meteors per hour, but Jupiter's gravity has brought the shower closer to our planet, increasing the rate of shooting stars.

Karen O'Connor, from Gelorup business The Mobile Observatory, said the shower was the biggest and brightest meteor shower observable in both hemispheres, with 120 to 160 meteors per hour at its peak.

The department correctly states that the falling rock was likely part of the Geminid meteor shower, which occurs yearly in early to mid December.

Most meteor showers are caused by comets - huge clumps of ice - but the Geminids are different.

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Go outside at night at midnight on December 13-14 and look up, and keep looking, and if there's a clear, dark sky, you will be rewarded with some awesome festive fireballs. Despite the hype about meteor showers, there are, in truth, very few that live up to their billing. But, the society reported, it's the darkness of the winter sky that makes the meteors stand out even in the early evening hours. Schmit will teach you to navigate through the night sky.

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

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

The shower will be visible to the naked eye and best seen in areas with low light pollution.

The meteors in the Geminid meteor shower appear to come from the constellation Gemini. Be patient and know that it can take your eyes between 20 and 30 minutes to adjust to the dark. Stargazers are encouraged to head over to the darkest spots outside and look up for a show of lights streaming across the sky.

How many shooting stars will there be?

Unless you've served as an astronaut there's a good chance the answer to that is no.

Also, keep in mind to stay away from your smartphones as the occasion demands you to be mesmerised by this natural wonder.

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