A spectacular Geminid meteoric shower returns to the sky above Manchester and Cheshire.
The famous meteor shower and much anticipation occur around one time each year as the Earth passes through asteroid debris.
Stargazers can expect to see up to 100 meteors or shooters & # 39; hour during the storm.
What is Geminid's meteor shower?
Geminid's meteor showers will be held every December as the Earth passes through a 3200 Phaethon debris trail.
The meteors or shoot stars & # 39; as a result of small particles, in some cases as small as sand grains, entering the highest Earth atmosphere in about 130,000m and light and nightlight as fast moving lights.
It's called Geminid's shower because it appears that the meteors come from the part of the sky that is related to the Gemini composition, although it is actually the 3200-bit asteroid that causes them.
When and how can I watch the meters?
The meteor shower started on December 4, and will run until about December 17.
The Earth will fall into the dense part of the asteroid debris on December 13 and 14.
This time will be half a moon but it will fall below the horizon at midnight and will not spoil after it.
Wherever you are in the world, the best time to watch is around 2am, although they are visible from sun sneaking to the sun.
And of course, everything depends on the weather. Clouds could stop your opinions completely.
Just wear warm and put out and find a place from night air away from bright city lights and light pollution, and look up.
Give you at least an hour of observation time as the meteors can become litter and intersect with colors.
How do I draw up the meters?
It will not be easy to turn the meters as they go across the air as they move so fast.
You should try to get as far away as possible from the surrounding light – the city center will have too much light pollution.
Then, you want to wait for the moon to be installed (about midnight at this time of year) – that's when I am in the night.
You will then need a good DSLR camera with an angle lens, spare batteries, tripod and cable release cord (to take the picture without having to touch the camera body).
The angle of the lens is wider, the maximum of the air you can take, which increases the chances of catching the showers.
Then you will need to use a long exposure – at least 30 seconds to hold a dark background and some bright stars, and hopefully there will be a shooting star.
At the top of the Geminids, you should be able to catch something with a shot and an error.
If you leave exposed much longer, you start to see the star unclear as the Earth rotates.
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If I do not have a DSLR camera, can I use my mobile phone?
Wyt, you can. You will need tripod to keep the camera constantly and a cable release cord – there are things that allow you to use the cable volume button of your headphones to operate the shutter.
You will also need a long exposure app such as LongExpo or Time Exposure.