Geminids Meteor Shower: the best places to watch from the United Kingdom tonight

Share

The meteors in the Geminid meteor shower appear to come from the constellation Gemini. Since you can't look at the whole sky, you'll miss some of those 120 per hour, but for comparison, most meteor showers have a ZHR of about 10.

Google celebrated the 2018 Geminid meteor shower peak with an adorable Google Doodle slideshow. It is only observable in a clear sky and at high altitude places away from pollution and cities. But, the society reported, it's the darkness of the winter sky that makes the meteors stand out even in the early evening hours. You don't need any special equipment to view the Geminid meteor showers.

The Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight under almost ideal conditions. While the August Perseid meteor shower is more famous, experts are saying to get outside for this one as well.

You should start to see the Geminid meteors appear, their rate will increase hitting their peak at around or around 100 per hour around 2am Thought this number is reflective only of someone watching from the flawless position under totally cloudless skies. You have to wait and let your eyes adjust. Defined as the "best and most reliable" meteor shower of the year by NASA, the spectacular sky show is generated because of an asteroid named 3200 Phaethon.

From 50 to over 100 meteors may be visible per hour.

The pieces burn up as they enter our atmosphere creating the bright colours.

More news: After May asks for help, Germany's Merkel says no more Brexit negotiations
More news: Woman accused of being Russian agent expected to change plea
More news: California man freed after two days trapped in restaurant grease vent

Every December, Earth's orbit leads us through the trail of 3200 Phaethon and its debris crashes into our atmosphere at 127,000 kms per hour. Phaethon is a unusual blue asteroid that scientists named after its namesake- the Greek God Apollo's son.

Despite being referred to as a meteor 'shower, ' that is more often than not an overstatement, according to Filippenko.

Anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere is good, but the shower is visible from the Southern Hemisphere too.

Geminid has a reputation for producing exploding meteors called fireballs.

To check out the show, Bill Cooke from NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office advises urges waiting until the moon goes down at around 10:30 p.m. local time before heading outside without your cell phone, because its screen can mess up your night vision.

You should got to the roof if you want to catch a better glimpse of the cosmic show.

Share