Heads up! Geminid meteor shower peaks this week

Heads up! Geminid meteor shower peaks this week

Heads up! Geminid meteor shower peaks this week

While the August Perseid meteor shower is more famous, experts are saying to get outside for this one as well. It is supposed to be one of the best celestial events that people living on the Earth wait for every year, quite eagerly!

The meteors can be seen in all parts of the sky, so you don't need to look in any particular direction. The Geminids look like they're coming from the constellation Gemini, but it's actually fragments of an asteroid that intersects Earth's path.

The Geminids begin as tiny specks of dust that hit Earth's atmosphere at 22 miles per second, vaporizing from friction with the air and leaving behind the streaks of light we call meteors.

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And while most other meteor showers are best seen during the late night or early morning hours, the geminids should be visible throughout the night and in the nights leading up to and following the peak, according to AccuWeather. That's because, from our vantage point on the ground, the meteors seem to move more quickly as the Earth turns towards Gemini; during the earlier hours of the night, the meteors will appear longer and more sluggish.

While you're keeping an eye out for the meteor shower, you might see a small, foggy green patch in the sky, NASA said.

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As such, 2018 should be the best year ever to watch the Geminids if the weather is clear where you are. A large field is ideal because you can then let your eyes roam across the whole sky.

The Geminids are a meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon.

If you want to wish upon a star, tonight's your night! In flawless conditions, there would be 50 to 120 meteors an hour. That's when the meteor shower is supposed to peak.

According to Dark Sky Discovery, the United Kingdom has some of the largest areas of dark sky in Europe, meaning our chances of observing the Geminids in their full glory are high.

The American Meteor Society recommends shooting the meteor shower with a camera that can take an exposure in the range of 1 to 10 minutes.

But if you won't be up in those early hours, you can also start watching a couple hours after sunset; the moon will set at about 10:30 p.m. local time on December 13, and about 11 p.m. local time on December 14, so just look after that on either of those nights.

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