Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week

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For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the show, it's set to be most visible in Dubai's skies on the night of Friday December 14. Observers under a clear dark sky can expect to see an average of two per minute.

The Geminids meteor shower, the brightest shower of the year, will peak this evening.

The visible period of the shower is from December 4-December 17 but they are most active from December 13-14. Here's what to do.

According to AccuWeather, people in the central USA will have the best view of the meteor shower, while those in northwestern and eastern states will mostly see clouds. Here's how to see them.

Like all meteor showers, the Geminid is caused by particles of comet debris entering our atmosphere.

The Geminid meteor shower comes along once per year when the Earth passes through the trail of debris left behind by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, making it somewhat unique. The pieces of asteroid hurtle through the Earth's atmosphere and combust. This will occur from late tonight to the early hours of tomorrow morning, with 2am offering ideal viewing conditions. The meteors travel at about 35 km/s so they're easier to spot.

There will be no moonlight on December 13 to make the meteors seem less bright and brilliant. Dress for the weather if you're going meteor watching.

But if you live in a big city, you'll want to plan a road trip to get away from those lights. When observing the sky in search of meteors, viewers should look toward the namesake constellation since most meteors will be visible in that location, though looking in any direction will still work. "Folks in suburbia should see one quarter to one half this rate, depending on the amount of artificial lights in their vicinity".

Simply wait for the moon to set around 10:30 pm as its light will wash out the meteor shower.

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.

Oh, and if your kids are wondering if these asteroid pieces can hurt us, the answer is no.

Geminid Meteor Shower, an annual celestial event, will peak tonight and can be watched all across the Northern Hemisphere, including India.

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