It’s another big week in space! It’s what most consider the most beautiful time of the year…the Geminid meteor shower.
Tonight is THE night, December 13th. The Geminids will reach their peak this evening through the early hours of Thursday. According to NASA…
“The Geminids are active every December, when Earth passes through a massive trail of dusty debris shed by a weird, rocky object named 3200 Phaethon. The dust and grit burn up when they run into Earth’s atmosphere in a flurry of ‘shooting stars.'”
Heads-up, Earthlings! The annual Geminid meteor shower has arrived, peaking overnight Dec. 13-14. It's a good time to bundle up! Then, go outside and let the universe blow your mind! The Geminids are active every December, when Earth passes through a massive trail of dusty debris shed by a weird, rocky object named 3200 Phaethon. The dust and grit burn up when they run into Earth's atmosphere in a flurry of "shooting stars." The Geminids can be seen with the naked eye under clear, dark skies over most of the world, though the best view is from the Northern Hemisphere. Observers will see fewer Geminids in the Southern Hemisphere, where the radiant doesn't climb very high over the horizon. Skywatching is easy. Just get away from bright lights and look up in any direction! Give your eyes time to adjust to the dark. Meteors appear all over the sky. Video credit: NASA #nasa #space #science #astronomy #video #meteorshower #geminids #meteors #skywatching #shootingstar #shootingstars
And good news! You will not need a telescope to see the action. You can simply walk outside and enjoy the view from any direction!
Happy star watching!