Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Wednesday Night

15 December, 2017, 06:38 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • How to watch one of the year's top meteor showers

If you're willing to stay up past your bedtime and fearless the freezing temperatures - it's expected to be in the 20s this evening in the city - you'll be treated to a look at the annual Geminid meteor shower, the best display of the year. "You just [look] with your naked eye, lie back and enjoy it".

The most prolific meteor shower of the year could involve up to 120 meteors streaking across the night sky every hour.

The Geminid meteors are named for the constellation Gemini, from which they appear to come. The dust burns up when it runs into our planet's atmosphere, causing the shooting stars across the sky.

The shower reached its zenith between midnight and dawn - a daunting prospect for those who wanted to catch a glimpse of it in the wild.

What are the Geminid meteors?

The Phaethon's very nature has been debated by the scientists as it has properties of an asteroid and that of an extinct comet known as rock comet.

You don't have to find the constellation but it can be fun to look for it. "If you end up in the constellation Gemini, there's a good chance you've seen a Geminid". Now, the sky is significantly darker, and therefore provides optimal viewing in Metro Vancouver.

One interesting fact about this meteor shower: The meteors radiate from fairly high above the horizon early in the evening.

Light pollution from populated areas can cut in half the meteors that are visible. There's the Everglades, of course, but be careful if you're out in the swamp after dark to see the streaks in the sky. You can also watch the shower online.

If your skies aren't clear or you're not able to head outside for the shower, check out NASA's meteor webcam tonight live starting at sunset.

The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0 will broadcast it through its remotely controlled robotic telescope.

If you're looking to capture this event for your Instagram, you're in luck because the Geminids are among the easiest meteors to photograph, thanks to their brightness and relatively slow speed.

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