If you forget the power and magic of nature, now it’s time to remember. This weekend, the sky is lighted by the annual Geminid meteor shower. Some astrophysicist like Tayyaba Zafar who works at the Macquarie University is considering the Geminid beyond the other show that nature is putting on. The event is famous for the highest number of meteorites seen in the sky.
The Geminid Meteor Shower Event
Dr. Zahar is saying that the Geminid meteor shower event is the one that is lightning the sky much more than other occasions.
Sometimes the event can produce between 100 to 150 meteorites in an hour, and besides that, the meteors are coming in ‘high colors.’ Because of the significant number of meteorites, the sky is intensely illuminated in the night.
What Is Behind the Geminid Meteor Shower?
Everything starts with an asteroid that is letting behind some dust and debris. These will begin to burn in the atmosphere and produce light. A light we can see in different colors depending on the chemical composition. What makes the event even more significant is the slow pace the meteors are moving.
One meteorite is moving with approximately 20-30 kilometers per second, and this is making them visible to us. Besides this, another astrophysicist, Jonti Horner, who works at the University of Southern Queensland, is saying that Geminid is on the top three significant meteor shower events. The other two big meteor shower events are the Quadrantids and the Perseids.
However, if you would like to give a try and see the event, the peak is on the 14th and 15th of December. The shower started on the 4th of December, and its ending on the 17th of December. Also, the rain is practically the remains of asteroid 3200 Phaethon. The best time to see them is at night, but if you can’t do that, you can get up earlier and spot them.
When Will the Geminid Meteor Shower Happen?
To sum up, we can tell you the approximate hours depending on your time zone. If you decide to participate at the event, at 5:40 A.M. in the U.S but under Australian Eastern Daylight Time; at 5:10 A.M. for South Australia; at 4:40 A.M. in Queensland; in the Northern Territory at 4:10 A.M., and 2:40 A.M. in Western Australia.
You can see the Geminid meteor shower with your naked eyed even if it is cloudy. Taking advantage of the event is to start with half an hour to gaze at the sky. In this way, your eyes will adapt to the darkness.