Friday , December 4 2020

Meteor shower to illuminate the sky

The best nature show of the year will be visible for everyone to see tonight, as Geminid's meteorological shower presents its spectacular annual exhibition.

A meteor is a flash of light in the night sky caused by a small amount of intertidal rubbish burning up as it goes through the Earth's atmosphere.

Karen O Connor, from Gelorup, The Mobile Observatory, said the shower was the largest and most brilliant meteor shower that can be observed in the two hemishes, with 120 to 160 meters per hour at its highest. This will happen from late tonight to the early hours of tomorrow, with 2am offering great viewing conditions.

For those who do not want to stay up during a week's night, Mrs. Connor said the earlier drawings would still offer a shooting star at least every minute.

"The Geminids will appear to the northeast, just above the horizon in the Gemini composition," he said.

"Although the Gemini meteors will be their origin, they can appear anywhere in the air of the night.

"Simply face the north east and scan the sky to see dozens of shooting stars at its highest."

Using Orion's belt as a point of reference, Mrs. Connor said to look to the left for a red star, the Gemini series is directly located below. He said the meteors would still be visible every night throughout the weekend.

The only meteor shower showers of the only spectacle gazers can not look forward to this week, with Comet 46P / Wirtanen – also known as Christmas Comet – sets the rest of the Earth in its nearest aspect in more than 70 years, late Sunday night.

The green color comet will be brightest between December 14 and 18.

"The naked eye may look like a big star, but we recommend that people with binoculars look," he said.

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