The largest meteor shower of the year takes place this month, offering us an amazing spectacle on the night skies. RT has all the information you need to enjoy the celestial show.
The Geminids is an annual meteor shower that takes place in December, when the Earth passes through a mass of dusty debris that burns up in our atmosphere.
stars are flying through the sky.
The dust debris comes from 3200 Phaethon, a strange rocky object that is asteroid but which could be extinct comet – scientists are not sure.
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After allowing your eyes to adjust for about 30 minutes, the Geminid meteors wants to start to appear overhead in clusters, with gaps in each burst of visual delight.
By 2am, the meteors wants to increase to about 100 per hour in darker areas, with people living in suburbs expected to see 30- 40 per hour, and people in cities seeing even fewer.
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The Geminids is named after the Gemini star constellation. This is the point in the sky where the meteors appear to come from, known as the radiant. However, the meteors do not even come out of the sky, NASA explains.
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