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Geminid Meteor Shower To Be Especially Visible Overnight


So gather up all your family, friends and neighbors and get ready to see one of the brightest and best meteor showers of your life!

People willing to courageous the outdoor cold temperatures will be treated to one of the best meteor showers of the year tonight. "Good rates will be seen between 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and dawn local time Thursday morning, with the most meteors visible from midnight to 4 a.m. on Thursday, when the radiant is highest in the sky".

The longest and darkest nights of the year are upon us and this makes great viewing for the annual Geminid meteor shower, which peaks Wednesday night.

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.

The Geminid Shower, named after the constellation closest to its appearance, will be visible anytime between December 13 and December 14. The dust and grit burn up when they run into Earth's atmosphere in a flurry of "shooting stars".




But if you are a constellation aficionado, don't focus mainly on the Gemini constellation. Meanwhile, the Perseid meteor shower back in August was obscured by a almost full moon.

If you look at the night sky around 8 or 9 p.m., "there might be a few stray meteors here or there", McDaid said, but the best viewing will come later.

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.

Boyle says binoculars are not required to watch the showers, but he says they may be helpful to catch a glimpse of the smoke trails or "trains" that linger in the sky. Find a field or somewhere with an open view of a cloud-free sky where you can lie down and look up for hours on end.

For stargazers not willing to courageous the cold, Space.com will be airing a live broadcast of the Geminids, courtesy of NASA, beginning at 5:40 p.m.

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