Spectacular Geminid Meteor Shower ~ 13-14 December 2018

Spectacular Geminid Meteor Shower ~ 13-14 December 2018

The Geminid meteor shower is one of the finest annual meteors showers visible in either the Northern or the Southern Hemisphere. It radiates out from the constellation of Gemini, which can be seen on the below picture. Find Orion’s Belt in the sky with three stars in a row and look directly above it.  This year, regardless of where in the world you are or which hemisphere, this meteor shower will be clearly visible.

There are a lot of meteors in the Geminids, almost as many as the Perseids in August.  During the height of the meteor shower, there are as many as 120 meteors per hour.  The Geminids are said to be debris from the Earth crossing the orbital path of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. 

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The best time to see the Geminids will be on the nights of 13th and 14th December between 10pm and dawn. The peak is expected on the 13th this year and the best viewing time is predicted to be around 2am, regardless of where you are in the world or what timezone. If it is 2am where you are, you’ll view the absolute peak of this shower.

The best way to view a meteor shower is to find somewhere with as little light pollution from street lights and surrounding houses as possible. I’d recommend giving yourself an hour to view these meteors as it takes about 20 minutes for our eyes to fully adjust to the darker light and then there are bursts containing lots of meteors, followed by short lulls where there are only a few, then another burst.

The Geminids last all the way through to 24 December, so keep your eyes turned to the sky late at night and you’re sure to catch a beautiful shooting star ~ don’t forget to make a wish 😉  Fortunately, we’ve got a waxing crescent moon this year that sets early evening, so there will be very little light pollution in the skies ~ perfect for star gazing 😉

Bright blessings

Krissy XXX

Comments

  1. Janey says:

    Thank you, gorgeous Krissy, for the time and energy you give and for your wisdom and love 💕Janey xxx

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