Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: How to watch in India, timings, and dates

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: How to watch in India, timings, and dates

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: How to watch in India, timings, and dates

The Geminids meteor shower, the brightest shower of the year, will peak this evening. While the August Perseid meteor shower is more famous, experts are saying to get outside for this one as well. You could see up to 75 meteors an hour!

The Geminid meteor shower is set to dazzle the nighttime sky on December 13 and will continue until the early morning hours of December 14. This year, you can expect to see 100-120 meteors an hour in dark skies. You can book tickets for the session here.

Patience is your best friend when watching a meteor shower. They say the lights should be bright enough to be classified as fireballs. But it is slated to set about 10 p.m., after which the sky should be the darkest and best time for viewing the light display.

Here's a glimpse of what the skies have in store for you just past dusk today.

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For those who can't make it outside to view the meteors as they fall Thursday night and Friday morning there are some people who are planning to live stream the event. Most of the meteors burn up in the upper levels of the Earth's atmosphere which is about 60 miles above Earth's surface.

Meteors - grains of debris that burn up in our atmosphere - can be spotted on any given night, but nearly once a month, Earth plows through a collection of dust and particles left over from a passing comet or asteroid, causing what's known as a meteor shower. If you want to focus on the radiant, the point in the sky where meteors seem to originate, then focus your attention towards the constellation Gemini. Scientists aren't entirely sure how to classify 3200 Phaethon; it has many characteristics of an asteroid, but boasts the elliptical orbit of a comet.

"The best way to see the most meteors is simply to see as much of the sky as possible", Samuhel said.

The impressive meteor showers are brought to the Earth's atmosphere every December by an asteroid called Phaethon, which satellite data discovered 35 years ago.

"Phaethon orbits the sun every 17 months or so, leaving a trail of debris behind it", Cox explains.

While classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid, Phaeton is expected to keep a safe distance from Earth for at least the next 400 years, according to Sky and Telescope magazine.

Despite being referred to as a meteor 'shower, ' that is more often than not an overstatement, according to Filippenko. Be patient and know that it can take your eyes between 20 and 30 minutes to adjust to the dark.

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