Geminids Meteor Showers 2017, Where They Come From, How To See Them

Geminids Meteor Showers 2017, Where They Come From, How To See Them

"The thin, fading crescent Moon will not spoil the show".

The jury still is out on whether the object named 3200 Phaethon is formerly an asteroid or a comet.

While there will be fewer meteors Wednesday evening prior to the peak hours, the ones that do show are likely to be more spectacular, making longer streaks against the sky as they skim the atmosphere.

Up to 120 shooting stars per hour could be visible as the meteor shower passes over the country, reports NRK.

The Geminids appear to originate from the constellation Gemini, this is called the radiant.

Chester notes that the intensity of the shower has been slowly growing since it first was described in the 1860s. The Geminid meteor shower has arrived now.

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Compare the times of year when the Geminid (December) and Persied (August) meteor showers occur and it may be clear why it seems more people are familiar with the Persieds.

"Which would you rather do, to be honest?" When you see a good Geminid, you know it.

According to Cooke, "Phaethon's nature is debated, it's either a near-Earth asteroid or an extinct comet, sometimes called a rock comet". This object, which was discovered on October 11, 1983, will come very close to Earth this time, 26 times farther away than the moon, thereby putting on a spectacular show.

But before it zooms past Earth, its debris will plunge into our atmosphere and explode as shooting stars. What really makes this meteor shower so lovely to witness is its comet-like orbit along with the presence of shooting stars.

If you can't get away from light pollution, don't worry: You'll still be able to see meteors, just at a slower rate. The best places to see the Geminid Meteor Shower 2017 in India are Triund, Coonoor, Tarkarli, Darjeeling, Ooty and Munnar among the other hill stations bordering these regions.

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