How to Watch The Green Fireballs of The Geminid Meteor Shower

The year's most spectacular meteor shower is this weekend

This will be the last - and strongest - meteor shower of the year, according to NASA.

"Virtually all meteors that we see during meteor showers come from comet dust as the Earth crosses the plane of their orbits", said Suresh Sreenivasan, a board member of the Minnesota Astronomical Society.

Here's one great option: the Dubai Astronomy Group will be holding a special public event on Friday evening at Al Qudra lakes from 10pm until 4am. Don't keep staring at your smartphone so that when the meteor shower is visible you'll be able to enjoy it. You can book tickets for the session here.

The robotic telescope service will once again be providing an HD stream of the annual meteor shower with the aid of partner observatories.

"Even though the Geminids are rich in handsome green fireballs, the lights of New York, San Francisco, or Atlanta will blot even them out".

If the weather is clear, 2018 should be the best year ever to watch the Gemenides - named after the constellation Gemini as they seem to originate from there.

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Geminids Metor Shower in 2018 wil be the best ever seen, said Google.

But if you won't be up in those early hours, you can also start watching a couple hours after sunset; the moon will set at about 10:30 p.m. local time on December 13, and about 11 p.m. local time on December 14, so just look after that on either of those nights. You can expect to catch as many as 100 to 150 per hour with clear skies and limited light pollution. The best showing is slated for 2 a.m., Friday morning, but meteors are possible anytime after sunset. As soon as the debris from the asteroids comes in contact with the Earth's atmosphere, they cause a flare and produce arcs of bright light across the sky. It is not necessary to look toward the Gemini constellation. It could be either a near-Earth asteroid or an extinct comet, sometimes called a rock comet. The shooting stars also streak through the skies at a noticeably slower pace, encounteringEarth at about 22 miles (35 kilometers) per second, or about half speed of the Perseids meteors' 37 miles (60 kilometers) per second.

How to watch the Geminid meteor shower in India?

For optimal viewing, it's recommended you drive away from the city and any bright lights; however, because this particular shower is expected to be so active, it's likely you'll be able to see some from your own backyard. The 3200 Phaethon asteroid takes about 1.43 years to finish its orbit around the sun.

It is also the last meteor shower of the year, so it does not seem to be a bad idea to plug off your smartphones for a night and witness this unbelievable cosmic manifestation.

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