Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week

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According to Rodgers, the Geminids appear to radiate out of one point out of the constellation Gemini (hence the name Geminids).

The meteor shower is expected to be so (ahem) out of this world that Google celebrated it with an interactive Doodle, created to give a little starry fun to those of who don't want to lie around outside in the pre-dawn hours.

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: Where will it be visible?

Observers under a clear dark sky can expect to see up to 120 meteors per hour - an average of two per minute. A meteor flash is seen here with an aurora borealis shimmer in Norway. Schmit will teach you to navigate through the night sky.

The Geminid Meteor Shower, while one of the brightest, is often overlooked because it always occurs when it's cold outside.

As many as 100 meteors per hour could be seen shooting across the sky when the Geminid show peaks a few hours before dawn on Friday. Berkeley's city lights coupled with a waxing crescent moon will mask some of the fainter meteors, but visibility is expected to improve after 11 p.m. when the moon sets.

But it has an eccentric orbit that looks more like that of a comet than an asteroid and brings it well inside the orbit of Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, every 1.4 years.

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Wichita is in a pretty good spot to view the meteor shower, provided some forecasted light cloud coverage Thursday evening subsides.

The Geminid meteor shower happens every year, when the Earth flies through debris left behind by an asteroid named 3200 Phaethon.

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The Geminid meteors are pieces of rocky debris from an extinct comet, racing round the Solar System, in an orbit.

Unfortunately, you might struggle to see the display though across many parts of Australia with bad weather on the way this weekend. This will be the last - and strongest - meteor shower of the year, according to NASA.

And while the Northern Hemisphere will get the best views, people in Europe and Africa will be able to catch a glimpse just before and after its peak. Don't keep staring at your smartphone so that when the meteor shower is visible you'll be able to enjoy it. If you can't leave a city, try to find a dark park or a somewhere with as little artificial light as possible and get comfortable.

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