Google Doodle Reminds Us to Watch Tonight's Geminid Meteor Shower

Google Doodle Reminds Us to Watch Tonight's Geminid Meteor Shower

Google Doodle Reminds Us to Watch Tonight's Geminid Meteor Shower

The meteor shower, which contains debris from 3200 Phaethon, peaked Thursday night into Friday morning and was expected to shoot off anywhere between 60 to 120 meteors per hour.

You will also be able to see some of the shower tomorrow weather permitting but they have recommend that tonight will be your best bet to see some shooting stars.

Here's another reason to stay up late tonight (besides the fact that it's Friday and the weekend is here) - the annual Geminid meteor shower can be seen from our skies. Here's what to do. The meteor shower can be witnessed with bare eyes. You'll be able to see up to 100 meteors per hour.

The so-called "rock comet" came within 10.2 million km of Earth this past December, although last year's supermoon made it harder to appreciate the celestial light show. In reality, Geminids are dust particles originating from asteroid 3200 Phaethon. The pieces of asteroid hurtle through the Earth's atmosphere and combust. But, the society reported, it's the darkness of the winter sky that makes the meteors stand out even in the early evening hours.

The cameras on the International Space Station are always capturing the Earth from above but there's a special camera on board for capturing meteors from up ahead. Unless you've served as an astronaut there's a good chance the answer to that is no.

If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place that isn't littered with city lights that will obstruct your view. Have you ever seen a meteor shower from above? "Folks in suburbia should see one quarter to one half this rate, depending on the amount of artificial lights in their vicinity".

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Interestingly, The Geminid Meteor Shower will be visible from around the globe.

In the United Kingdom, the best time to see them will be between midnight and dawn on 14 December, but you can start looking any time after sunset.

"The Geminids will appear to the north-east, just above the horizon in the constellation of Gemini", she said.

Oh, and if your kids are wondering if these asteroid pieces can hurt us, the answer is no.

Of course, with light pollution becoming more of a problem in the Northeast, it's better to find as dark a spot to observe as possible, astronomers point out.

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