LOOK UP: Geminid meteor shower to light up December sky

LOOK UP: Geminid meteor shower to light up December sky

They are travelling at about 22 miles per second when they smash into the atmosphere and disintegrate 24 miles above the surface of Earth.

The astronomical event will lit up the sky, displaying an unbelievable show for the skywatchers.

Notably, the Geminids are also one of two meteor showers that come from what is believed to be an asteroid. After an hour in the sky can be observed over hundreds of meteors.

While the peak is expected to occur when you can see about 120 meteors per hour at about 2 a.m. on December 14, National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Metzger said the moon and cloud cover in the Wichita area are likely to steal the show. "The darker the night sky, the better", he added.

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Eliot Herman is Tucson, Arizona has been working all year to compile a series of images of every major meteor shower in 2017. "The shower will start at around 10 pm on December 13 when the Gemini constellation will be visible in the north-eastern sky, a little above and right of the familiar Orion constellation", Duari said. The summer Perseids-which the American Meteor Society calls "the most popular meteor shower"-may be better known, and are arguably the closest contender to the Geminids".

"So, it's a possibility that this could be a really dynamite show this year", U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomer Geoff Chester said.

Like the supermoon, you can watch the meteor shower sans special glasses or a telescope. Starting around 9pm, you should give it a try! As they write, "it's even possible to have your back to the constellation Gemini and see a Geminid meteor fly by".

Normally, the Perseids meteor shower that takes place over the summer is the best one of the year, but there was bright moonlight that made them hard to see this year, making the Geminids the best shower, according to NASA. Expect around 20 to 60 per hour.

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