Finest meteor bathe of the 12 months begins Wednesday evening

Finest meteor bathe of the 12 months begins Wednesday evening

You may not be one to stay up late, but if you're going to make an exception, Wednesday night and early Thursday morning would be the time to do it.

"Not only is it the year's most prolific, with up to 120 meteors per hour visible from rural skies, the moon is essentially out of the picture", according to Sky and Telescope. According to NASA, meteor rates will be around 60 per hour.

The best place to watch the showers is where the sky is darkest. There could be as many as 120 meteors an hour in the darkest spots away from city lights. However, since the constellation Gemini does not rise too far above the horizon in this region, the showers will be less impressive than the ones seen from the Northern Hemisphere.

"So don't be put off by the fact that you're waiting for five or so minutes and you still haven't seen a meteor". When you see a good Geminid, you know it.

The asteroid will gradually get higher in the sky and move eastwards, but it will also get fainter until disappearing from view about December 20.

This is quite an unusually close approach of the asteroid to the Earth, but nothing to be concerned about, said astronomer Jonti Horner of Southern Queensland University.

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The meteors tend to peak around 2 a.m. local time, but can be seen as early as 9 to 10 p.m.

The Geminids are named after the Gemini constellation, which is where they appear to radiate from.

"Phaethon's nature is debated", said Cooke.

Each year, we pass through this stream of dust which creates the Geminids meteor shower. Another reason why this shower is the best, at the very least for this year: 3200 Phaeton, the rocky object sometimes called an asteroid from which the Geminid meteors originate, will be even closer to Earth during the shower this year.

There are plenty of other attractive things to see in the December night sky, Dr Musgrave said.

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