Geminid meteor shower peaks early Thursday morning

by Dominic Parks December 15, 2017, 2:22
Geminid meteor shower peaks early Thursday morning

The Geminid meteor shower is seen while the moon rises late on December 13, 2014 above Skopje, Macedonia.

But one element that can't be stopped from hampering our ability to see shooting stars is cloud cover.

The peak is expected to last for around a day so everyone should get at least a little bit of dark sky during this time to be able to see the shower.

Enter Slooh, the Washington Depot, Connecticut-based organization that connects telescopes around the globe.

Not all the bright lights this December night will be holiday decorations.

The shower will hit its peak at 2:00 a.m. on Thursday morning and you might see around 120 shooting stars that hour. And this year the moon is so small that it won't give off too much light.

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Astronomers first observed the weak meteor shower in the mid 1880, but the Gemini's have since been gradually intensifying every year.

The Geminids meteor shower is named after the Gemini constellation where the meteors appear to originate from.

When leftover objects of an asteroid floating in the space comes close to the Sun, it collides with the earth's atmosphere, disintegrating to create fiery and colourful streaks in the sky, according to NASA.

"If somebody can get to a dark sky sight with an open sky - that's usually the best thing", Marc Bremmer, president of the Midlands Astronomy Club, told BuzzFeed News.

We on Earth get to take in the wonder of a meteor shower typically when our planet passes through the trail of a comet. If you're going to look at a meteor shower, dress up, and look at this one. Make sure to avoid any light pollution and look up!

Allow your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness and then just keep your eyes peeled for any meteors streaking through the skies. The agency is streaming the meteor shower tonight, broadcasting from the Automated Lunar and Meteor Observatory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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