Geminid meteor shower might be visible here

Posted December 12, 2017

"Since the meteors are relatively slow moving, the bright streaks of light will be easily visible and one does not need a binocular or telescope for enjoying the show while lying on an open ground away from city lights", he said.

A waning crescent moon will preside over the Geminids, casting insufficient light to blot out the show.

Keep in your mind that you watch the astronomical event from a region where there is as less light pollution as possible and there are no tall barriers to block your view. "My advice with meteor showers is not to take the peak time as gospel, because a lot of this is an estimate".

The Geminids peak every year around this time in mid-December, but many fail to notice them because it's not only a busy time of year, it's also chilly for us northern hemisphere dwellers. "This year's Geminids are very favorable for viewing".

He further explained that, due to friction in the atmosphere, the rocks and dust particles burn up which give rise to numerous meteors which are known as meteor showers. You can see one result in the images above.

"The meteors can be seen everywhere in the sky, but they will seem to move away from these two points in the northeast, Castor and Pollux, the twin stars of Gemini", said Frank Florian, director of planetarium and space sciences at the Telus World of Science.

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Not all the meteorites you might see belong to the Geminid shower, however. "The darker the night sky, the better", he added. The Geminid radiant is in the constellation Gemini.

Sky watchers can see dozens of Geminids per hour on December 13th and 14th as gravelly bits of the rock comet disintegrate in Earth's upper atmosphere.

Binoculars are probably unnecessary because the meteors are easily visible with the naked eye.

In other parts of the country, Geminid-gazing will continue through the week, but don't bet on it around here.

By coincidence, 3200 Phaeton is making its closest swing by Earth this week, passing within a mere 6.4 million miles on December 16.

It's certainly going to be cold over the coming days, but that could mean some clear skies.