How to watch the Geminids, 2017's best meteor shower, this week

How to watch the Geminids, 2017's best meteor shower, this week

The Geminids could be the best show of the year because of the darkness.

The Geminid meteor shower, which will peak Wednesday night and be visible through early Thursday morning, is consistently one of the brightest shows of the year.

Highlights of this winter's sky include the Geminids meteor shower peaking this week, the constellation of Orion becoming notable in the evening sky, and many planets being visible before sunrise in February. Luckily for the night of Geminids viewing, the moon won't rise until 3 a.m. or so. After an hour in the sky can be observed over hundreds of meteors. Meteor showers are titled after the position of the radiant, usually a star or constellation close to where they emerge in the night sky. Even though you can spot meteors before and after the peak, the frequency would be less than one per minute.

The Geminid meteor shower is expected to provide a celestial display and people will have to move out of the glare of city lights to a darker region, Director, M P Birla Planetarium, Debiprosad Duari said on Tuesday. Then, give your eyes some time to adjust to the dark and start scanning the skies.

How to watch the Geminids, 2017's best meteor shower, this week

An nearly absent moon will ensure that the meteors, widely regarded as the most impressive of the year, stand out brightly as they streak across the sky. The meteor really come from the rocky space object called Phaethon.

"If the Earth, in its yearly motion around the Sun happens to pass through such a trail of debris of dust particles, the small dust particles enter the Earth's atmosphere with considerable speed".

Phaethon was discovered by astronomers in 1983. It could either be a near-Earth asteroid or a dead comet, but there's no consensus about what it is, according to NASA. Traditionally asteroids are made of rock, and comets mostly of ice.

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