LOOK UP: Geminid meteor shower to light up December sky

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The most spectacular meteor shower of the year will take place Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, as Earth passes through the dust cloud of an asteroid and experiences a bombardment of debris traveling faster than any spacecraft. This year, asteroid 3200 will also fly within 6.4 million miles of Earth, its closest distance since 1974.

But the Geminids which peak Wednesday, Dec. 13 could be wonderful this year.

The American Meteor Society stated that on the peak night of December 13 and 14 between the hours of 1:00 and 2:00am local standard time (LST), an observer located in mid-northern latitudes under clear skies has the opportunity to view at least 75 Geminid meteors and those living in rural areas can watch more than hundreds of these meteors.

One of the year's best meteor showers is ready to put on a show over the Sonoran Desert.

The greatest intensity of a meteor shower will be at the night from 13 to 14 December. "The thin, fading crescent Moon will not spoil the show". The dirt and grit burn up when they run into Earth's environment in a flurry of "shooting stars".

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"Phaethon's nature is debated", said Cooke. When Earth plows through a stream of meteoroids, creating a much higher rate of meteors, we call it a meteor shower. In the southern hemisphere, you will have a subdued but still lovely show because Gemini doesn't rise very high above the local horizon. The Geminid radiant is in the constellation Gemini. Skywatching is simple. Just get aside from lights and stare up in any direction! "Meteors appear all over the sky", NASA stated.

Notably, the Geminids are also one of two meteor showers that come from what is believed to be an asteroid.

Things do improve in the early hours of the morning which could mean that you have a flawless window within which to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon without getting completely soaked.

The observatory at the Telus World of Science will be open for people wishing to view the Geminid shower on Wednesday and Thursday from 7 p.m.to 10 p.m., weather permitting.

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