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When is the right time to see the Geminids meteor shower?


Described by NASA as “the universe’s annual gift to skywatchers,” one of the most dramatic displays of shooting stars will peak later this month.

According to NASA, the Geminids meteor shower is one of the most spectacular displays of the year and its peak will begin on the evening of December 13 and last until the early morning of December 14.

The meteor shower occurs when the Earth passes through the debris of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. It is named Geminids because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini, according to a post on NASA’s website.

HOW TO VIEW

During the peak of the cosmic show, in ideal weather, viewers can typically see between 100 and 150 meteors per hour. But this year, observers should expect much less. According to NASA, due to the waning moon phenomenon (the moon is more than half full), only about 30 to 40 meteors per hour can be observed at the pole in the Northern Hemisphere.

For an ideal spot for meteor viewing, find a spot under the shade of a house or tree stump with a clear view of the open sky to reduce moonlight interference. Wait a while. It can take 30 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to being able to see meteors.

NASA says it’s important that you avoid looking at bright objects like cell phones or computers while your eyes are adjusting. No special equipment or skills are required to view the meteor shower.

“Meteors near the flash have very short trails and are easy to miss, so observers should avoid looking at that constellation. However, tracking the meteor back towards the constellation Gemini can confirm determine if you will catch a Geminid meteor shower (other weaker showers occur at the same time),,” the post on NASA’s website reads.

Showers will be visible most nights and mornings.

According to NASA, the Geminids will begin around 9 or 10 p.m. CST on December 13 and peak at 6 a.m. on December 14. However, the best time to watch might be at 2 a.m. shining

According to NASA, the Geminids travel at 78,000 miles per hour (125,529 kilometers per hour), and most meteors burn at altitudes between 45 and 55 miles (72 kilometers to 89 kilometers), so they rarely come into contact. contact with the Earth’s surface.


Reporting for this story was paid for through the Meta-funded Afghan Journalists Project in Residence.

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