Geminid meteor shower might be visible here

Geminid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It This Week

The best viewing may be from the beach, since the meteors will appear to be coming from the northeast, and a dark sky, which is hard to find amid South Florida's city lights, will make the meteors easier to see. It is a great time to get up, go outside and let the world blow your mind!

Year to year, meteor showers vary. 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.

Eliot Herman is Tucson, Arizona has been working all year to compile a series of images of every major meteor shower in 2017.

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

But the Geminids which peak Wednesday, Dec. 13 could be awesome this year. This year, asteroid 3200 will also fly within 6.4 million miles of Earth, its closest distance since 1974.




Because 3200 Phaethon is a rocky body, the bits of dust and debris it leaves in its wake can contain minerals that create colored streaks of light when they plunge into the Earth's atmosphere and vaporize, Ingram said.

You will be able to see meteors scorching through the sky tonight, but their peak will come on December 13 and 14. "It's either a near-Earth asteroid or an extinct comet, sometimes called a rock comet". As a bonus this year, cosmologists will have a chance to examine Phaethon up close in mid-December, when it crosses adjacent to Earth since its discovery in 1983. Where to see the Geminids Meteor Shower? "Something much brighter than a normal meteor shower". Skywatching is simple. Just get aside from lights and stare up in any direction! Meteors rise all across the sky.

What is a Geminid meteor shower? "When you see a meteor, attempt to trace it backwards", said Cooke.

"Good rates will be seen between 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 and dawn local time the morning of Dec. 14, with the most meteors visible from midnight to 4 a.m. on Dec. 14, when the radiant is highest in the sky", he said in a NASA statement.

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