Best meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, peaks this week with 120 meteors per hour

Get ready for a celestial light show! The Geminids, widely considered the best meteor shower of the year, are set to peak this week with a dazzling display of up to 120 meteors per hour under ideal observing conditions.  

December 4th and December 17th, when Earth passes through the debris trail left behind by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. As these tiny particles enter our atmosphere, they burn up, creating streaks of light across the night sky.

High rate of meteors: With up to 120 meteors per hour under ideal conditions, the Geminids offer a much higher rate of meteors compared to other showers.

Bright meteors: The Geminids are known for their bright and colorful meteors, often leaving persistent trails across the sky.


Favorable viewing conditions: Unlike some meteor showers that are visible only during the early morning hours, the Geminids reach their peak activity in the late evening and early morning hours, making them more accessible to observers.

Find a dark location away from city lights. Allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness for about 30 minutes. Lie down or recline in a comfortable position. Be patient and watch the entire sky, as the meteors can appear anywhere.

The Geminids are predicted to peak on December 14th, 2023, at 19:27 UTC. However, you can still see a good number of meteors a few days before and after the peak.

Bring a blanket or sleeping bag to lie on. Consider using a star chart or app to help you identify constellations and the radiant point of the meteors.

Don't miss out on this spectacular celestial event! The Geminids offer a unique opportunity to witness the wonders of our universe. So grab a blanket, head outside, and enjoy the show!


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