Look Up! Gleaming Geminid Meteor Shower of 2018 Peaks Tonight

13 December, 2018, 22:10 | Author: Chad Warren
  • Geminid Meteor Shower 2018 Google Doodle Marks The Sky Light Show Through Slideshow Best Time to See Meteor Shower

Although the Geminid shower is known for its "shooting stars", the number of meteors visible depends on the time and how dark it is.

"The Geminids are usually the strongest meteor showers of the year and meteor enthusiasts are certain to circle December 13 and 14 on their calendars", according to the American Meteor Society.

The actual source of the shooting stars is a stream of debris left behind by asteroid 3200 Phaethon, making this one of the only major showers not to originate from a comet. This shower is called "Geminid" because it is named after the constellation 'Gemini'which is where the meteors seem to emerge, it is believed.

If you can't get out of the city or have no way of securing an unobstructed view of the Geminid meteor shower don't fret Slooh has your back.

On the nights of December 13 and 14, your family will have the chance to see a slew of multi-colored meteors streak across the sky.

The Geminid meteor shower is considered to be one of the best displays in the night sky, and this year will peak during the early hours of Friday. Just look up and you should see some streaking across the sky. They typically enter Earth's atmosphere at about 22 miles per second, about half the speed of the Leonid meteors, which soar through the darkness each November.

What we know about Meghan Markle's private secretary Samantha Cohen
Princess Diana has some thoughts about Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton's feud , claims psychic twins. "I love Meghan very much". He said he has even written Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland about their daughter's silence, but did not mention a response from her.

These showers were first reported in the mid-1800s, where about 10-20 meteors would whiz past the earth's atmosphere per hour. They say the lights should be bright enough to be classified as fireballs.

According to meteorologists at Accuweather, due to its high activity the meteor shower can be viewed anytime after sunset with the best viewing time in Europe expected to be just after midnight.

The best thing about meteor showers is they require no equipment to spot.

Nasa also advises that you avoid looking at your phone while your out trying to see the meteors as it will take your eyes longer to adjust to the dark skies.

The cosmic debris that causes the Geminids comes from a unusual object called 3200 Phaethon, which is named after a son of the ancient Greek god Helios. The Geminids are the only meteor shower created by an asteroid and not a comet.

This week, you'll be getting a cool show in the night sky! However, they can appear nearly anywhere in the night sky, and often appear yellowish in hue.

Recommended:

  • Cardi B changed the lyrics of

    Cardi B changed the lyrics of "Motorsport" following split with Offset

    Others chose to send Offset a video of Cardi rapping about the divorce in NY over the weekend. During her performance she rapped to the crowd: "I get up set off".
    Elon Musk: 'Twitter's a war zone'

    Elon Musk: 'Twitter's a war zone'

    He replaces Todd Maron, Musk's former divorce lawyer, who has headed up Tesla's legal department since 2013. The company named Robyn Denholm, who was already on the board, as chairwoman.
    Body of murdered British backpacker found: New Zealand police

    Body of murdered British backpacker found: New Zealand police

    The man who has been charged with her murder will remain in police custody until Monday when he is due in court, police said. Grace Millane, who was travelling the world after finishing university, went missing on December 1 in Auckland.
  • Accused Russian agent case ‘resolved’

    Accused Russian agent case ‘resolved’

    Butina pleaded not guilty to the charge, but that has since changed given Butina's intent to change her plea . Torshin was present a May 2016 NRA event that was also attended by the U.S. president's son, Donald Trump Jr.
    India end Australia Test drought in nail-biter

    India end Australia Test drought in nail-biter

    Ajinkya Rahane also chipped in with a 147-ball 70 in the second innings and Kohli praised on the stylish batsman for his efforts. Smith and Warner were banned for one year after being found guilty of ball-tampering during the Cape Town Test.
    Lakers pursuing Ariza trade

    Lakers pursuing Ariza trade

    The former University of Georgia standout signed a one-year, $12 million contract to stay with the Lakers last offseason. Ariza is now averaging 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists during his 15th National Basketball Association season.
  • Huawei executive 'was taken to hospital' after extradition arrest

    Huawei executive 'was taken to hospital' after extradition arrest

    A spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told AFP on Saturday that Ottawa had no further comment on the case . Scott Filer of the surveillance company said his company would make a citizen's arrest if she breaches bail conditions.
    Isha Ambani’s sangeet ceremony: Priyanka, Shah Rukh, Aishwarya-Abhishek perform

    Isha Ambani’s sangeet ceremony: Priyanka, Shah Rukh, Aishwarya-Abhishek perform

    Social media photos of the venues - the Oberoi Udai Vilas and City Palace, showed that they were decked up for grand celebration. Anyway, coming back to the pic, Priyanka dazzled in a shimmery silver and while saree as at the sangeet ceremony last night.
    CNN office in NY  evacuated after bomb threat

    CNN office in NY evacuated after bomb threat

    The network said it ran taped programming for half an hour and then went live from the street while the police investigated. CNN's NY studio was evacuated Thursday night in response to a bomb threat, according to one of its star anchormen.
  • Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in jail

    Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in jail

    Like Cohen, the tabloid publisher admitted it was trying to influence the election by protecting Mr Trump from a damaging story. Cohen's father, Maurice Cohen, who showed little emotion during the hearing, later told reporters: "My heart is ripped".
    Bulls Players Contacted Union Over New Coach Jim Boylen

    Bulls Players Contacted Union Over New Coach Jim Boylen

    On Saturday, they suffered the worst loss in franchise history , a 56-point drubbing at the hands of the Boston Celtics . To show you how the game has changed, Ainge needed 556 games and was 348-for-906 from behind the arc.
    The Game Awards 2018

    The Game Awards 2018

    Additionally, we'll apparently be hearing about a new Far Cry game , and we've also got some word on what not to expect . The Game Awards kicks off Thursday December 6 at 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET (Friday, December 7 at 1:30am UK/12:30pm AET).


Popular

Trump threatens government shutdown if Mexico wall does not get funding
Trump deployed the US military to the border area before November 6 congressional elections, calling the caravan an "invasion". The conflict between Trump and Pelosi dominated the scene, which was replete with gender politics.

Salah fires Liverpool into Champions League last 16
The lifelong Liverpool fan was born with sight problems and has been registered blind since he was seven years old. I wish I could see more but that doesn't mean I can't form an opinion of my own.

Despite Miami Dolphins win, problems still exist in chase for playoffs
Tom Brady , who had 358 passing yards and three TDs, also missed out on points right before halftime by taking a sack with no timeouts left after a Miami turnover deep in their zone.

Thank you, Chelsea! Sarri's side prove Man City can be beaten
City were struck by a Chelsea smash-and-grab right on half-time as N'Golo Kante fired high past Ederson from Eden Hazard's pass.

Jurgen Klopp says he was never anxious about Mohamed Salah’s form
The Reds now boast the league's only unbeaten record after champions Manchester City lost 2-0 at Chelsea on Saturday evening. That stretch without defeat started with the 4-0 thrashing of Brighton at Anfield on the final day of last season.

Former federal prosecutor explains why Trump will be 'indicted eventually'
Schiff did not rule out that Trump may become "the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time ". The filing in the Southern District does not directly name Trump, but makes multiple references to him as "Individual-1".

Moment French Police Use Tear Gas On Yellow Vest Protesters In Paris
That climbdown marked a major departure for a president who had vowed, unlike predecessors, not to be swayed by mass protests. But the "yellow vests", some of whom who have become increasingly radicalised , are holding out for more.

At least three dead in bomb attack in Iran's Chabahar
Washington has granted exceptions to some United States sanctions on Iran for the project. Mark my words: "Iran WILL bring terrorists & their masters to justice".

Will Donald Trump change his mind on the Khashoggi killing?
He was killed in what US officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate for marriage paperwork. Corker pointed out that a jury "would have a unanimous verdict in about 30 minutes" if the crown prince went on trial.

Fortnite Season 7 Battle Pass comes with personal island creative mode
The creativity of Fortnite is getting a major facelift and extending beyond the game's unique building mechanics. It may be hard to believe now, but Fortnite ( Android , iOS ) wasn't a battle royale game originally.