Google Marks Geminid Meteor Shower With Doodle

Google Marks Geminid Meteor Shower With Doodle

If you're hoping to spot a falling meteor, there are times of the year that are better than others.

The weather may be quiet but the skies are bustling with activity.

"Predicting how good any meteor shower will turn out to be is extremely tricky, and I wouldn't venture towards making any prediction", Maitra said.

This year, the phenomenon started on December 4 but the peak is expected on Thursday and Friday.

Nature's best show of the year will be visible for all to see tonight, as the Geminid meteor shower puts on its spectacular annual display.

For those planning to courageous the freezing winter mornings to watch this year's final celestial show, here are some tips from experts.

The midnight hour until about 2 when to look for shooting stars. So the sky is darker, and the shooting stars will be higher in the sky, and thus brighter.

The US space agency, NASA will stream the event live. Observers under a clear dark sky can expect to see an average of two per minute. That's 30 times the moon's distance from us. "It will be a waxing crescent off to the southwest and set around 10:30 p.m".

"[He] caught what appears to be a meteor entering our atmosphere on his dash camera near 600 E. on SR22", the sheriff's department posted on Facebook Thursday night, along with a 20-second clip.

Leading up to the peak, fainter meteors are more common, and at the peak the brighter ones are, according to Sky & Telescope.

King also recommends spending at least an hour watching, using a fold-out lawn chair, dressing warmly with insulated boots and using a sleeping bag. The meteors can appear all across the sky, but they'll appear to be flying away from the area of the bright star Castor in the Gemini constellation. "That means you can face any direction to watch the shower. It will be near the constellation Orion, or the saucepan", said Brad Tucker from the Australian National University Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

A pair of binoculars may be handy for those who also want to see the Comet Wirtanen, amid the Geminids.

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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