The Gemini meteor shower is present in the constellation Gemini. But its enormous debris cloud will create the annual event called the Geminid meteor shower, named for the apparent center of the shower in the constellation Gemini. This year, asteroid 3200 will also fly within 6.4 million miles of Earth, its closest distance since 1974. In the southern hemisphere, you will have a subdued but still handsome show because Gemini doesn't rise very high above the local horizon. "Something much brighter than a normal meteor shower".
As the Earth flies through the debris of a unusual cross between a comet and an asteroid, 3200 Phaethon, material from that object will enter the Earth's atmosphere and put on a light show that peaks Wednesday and Thursday, beginning at around 10:30 p.m. each night.
Debiprosad Duari, director of MP Birla Planetarium said that 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 to enjoy the galactic marvel.
They exist, and a big one is approaching Earth this week.
NASA will livestream the Geminid shower beginning at 9 p.m. on December 13, from the Automated Lunar and Meteor Observatory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. When you already know the best date and time to witness the meteor shower in India, the next question that comes to the mind is where to see it.
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New Jersey Herald astronomy columnist Warren Westura lists 14 meteor showers this month in addition to the Geminids.
"The thin, waning crescent Moon won't spoil the show", Cooke said.
How do I get the best view of the Geminid meteor shower?You can find this by first identifying Orion with its three-star belt.
"By morning, (the meteors) will seem to be raining down on you".
The Geminids are one of the best showers each year because the meteors travel at slower speeds-around 20 miles a second-producing radiant long arcs that last at least a second or two before flaring out.