The spectacular Geminids meteor shower
The biggest and most important meteor shower of 2018 takes place this month, with a breathtaking sight to be admired in the night skies. The Geminids is a yearly meteor shower that occurs in December, when the Earth travels through a mass of dusty debris that burns up in Earth’s atmosphere.
This process generates a remarkable light show, like hundreds of shooting stars passing through the sky. The Geminids comprise more mass than any other meteor shower and can produce colors such as red, blue and yellow.
Here you can find all the infos you need to enjoy this amazing show. The Geminids starts on December 4 and reach its peak on December 13th, 14th or 15th, depending on which time zone you are living in.
According to NASA, the best time to admire this meteor shower is after 10:30 pm or when the moon has set. In order to have the best sight it’s recommended to watch it from the darkest accessible spot you can find. By 2:00 am, the meteors will rise to about 100 per hour in darker parts.
The Geminids is named, as obvious, after the star constellation, Gemini. This is the spot in the sky where the meteors seem to be originating from. This is also known as the radiant. Nevertheless, the meteors don’t really come from that particular spot and will be observable all over the sky.
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