The Geminid meteor shower will appear this week, so we can just hope for the clear skies which enable us to see a beautiful view of green fireballs on Thursday and Friday. This is going to be the last but the strongest meteor shower of this year, as NASA says. This process was first recorded in 1862 and showed up every December.
The most meteors will be visible before the Friday sunrise in the North American sky and will be visible at about 7:30 a.m. ET, as per the predictions of Sky & Telescope.
But the morning is not only a chance to see the meteor. On Thursday and Friday, just look at the sky after the few hours of sunset. Thus, the Geminid shower is also popular for its shooting stars, the numbers of meteors visible will depend on how much it’s going to be dark. Few of them will be visible in the early morning, but the shower will hit its maximum of around 100 per hour at around 2 a.m., as per NASA’s report. those who stay in suburban areas will be able to see about 30 to 40 per hour, but if you’re staying in a city like New York, San Francisco or Atlanta you would probably see nothing.
Early evening meteor may stay longer but later, the meteors will show quick streaks or leave some smoke that will glow. The asteroid 3200 Phaethon is the reason behind this meteor shower, which is actually unusual as comets create meteors showers with icy debris. There’s been a debate between the scientists over the very nature of Phaetheon the asteroid and as per the close track near-Earth asteroid is being called Rock Comet.
Phaethon came into notice in October 1983 and was named after a Greek myth of the son of Helios, also known as the Sun God because of its close approach to the sun.
While keeping an eye out for the meteor shower, you might be able to see a small Foggy patch up in the sky, as per NASA’s report. That will be Comet 46P/Wirtanen, which is making its closest approach to Earth, within 7 million miles for the next 20 years, and will probably be visible to the eye. The comet is expected to come closest to earth and make an appearance on SundayTags: Geminid Meteor, Geminid Meteor Shower, NASA