WATCH the night sky light up this weekend as the Geminid meteor shower brings more than 100 multi-colored shooting stars across the sky.
The Geminid meteor shower has been lighting up the night sky since December 4 – but don’t fret, since it’s going to go on until December 17, with the best time for viewing on the evening of December 13 into the next day.
The Northern Hemisphere is sure to see the event take place through most of the night on December 13, with optimal viewing times being around 8PM and into midnight for those in the Southern Hemisphere.
The shower, which will bring stars in all shapes and colors – including yellow, blue, green and red – will travel at around 78,000 MPH and leave a striking glowing trail in their path.
The Geminid meteor shower is a looked-to occasion for the galactic fans among us. NASA says it’s a very reliable shower if seen at around 2AM.
It also states there’s a great chance to see them on December 11 into 12 and the following day into the 13th as the meteor will be happening on a moonless night.
This means the stars will get the whole dark night sky to themselves, and make them most visible to the naked human eye.
The Geminid meteor shower, the most active annual one, boasts up to 120 meteors per hour.
How to catch such a shower? The Geminid is mostly seen throughout the globe at around 2AM, and NASA says to be on the lookout for white, bold and quick meteor trails.
The shower is a result of debris from what NASA calls the “curious” Asteroid 3200 Phaethon, which is well known for its quantity and bright multi-colored meteors it produces.
The shower is also monikered after Gemini, the constellation they appear to originate from.
But you need not know where the constellation is in the night sky – just find an area away from city and street lights, and find something comfortable to sit on.
NASA also suggested you leave the binoculars and telescopes at home.
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“Using either reduces the amount of sky you can see at one time, lowering the odds that you’ll see anything but darkness,” the space agency said.
“Instead, let your eyes hang loose and don’t look in any one specific spot. Relaxed eyes will quickly zone in on any movement up above, and you’ll be able to spot more meteors,” NASA ended.
Likewise, this is a waiting game – it could take upwards of 30 minutes to get adjusted to the dark light.