Geminid Meteor Shower 2015: How To Watch The Spectacular Show
Look up to the sky if you want to see a spectacular display of shooting stars on the night of Sunday, Dec. 13.
The Geminid meteor shower, named because the meteors appear as if they’re coming from the Gemini constellation, lasts until Thursday, Dec. 17, according to space agency NASA.
But it will hit its peak Sunday night through Monday morning, reports CNN, with 120 meteors — small pieces of debris from asteroid 3200 Phaethon — crashing into the Earth’s atmosphere every hour.
Everyone around the world, in both northern and southern hemispheres, has the opportunity to see them, reports the International Meteor Organization.
“Near-peak Geminid rates usually persist for almost a day though, so much of the world has the chance to enjoy something of the shower’s best, regardless of when the maximum actually happens,” it said on its 2015 Meteor Shower Calendar.
The moon will be barely visible and is expected to set early in the night, reports Gizmodo, meaning it will be perfect conditions to see the shower — as long as it’s not cloudy.
As with viewing all meteor showers, no special equipment is needed. Sky gazers just need to find an unobstructed spot with no glaring lights nearby, reports TIME.
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