Geminids Meteor Shower – 13th Dec 2020


Brahmand Darshan inviting you to join for Geminids Meteor Shower Observation Session (individually) on 13th Dec 2020 under Astronomy Beyond Classroom.

The Geminids are considered to be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak, which is on December 13 or 14, depending on your time zone.

The shower owes its name to the constellation Gemini because the meteors seem to emerge from this constellation in the sky.

An Asteroid Meteor Shower
Unlike most other meteor showers, the Geminids are not associated with a comet but with an asteroid: the 3200 Phaethon. The asteroid takes about 1.4 years to orbit the Sun.

What Time Does the Meteor Shower Peak?
12:00AM to 4:00AM

You don’t need any special equipment or a lot of skills to view a meteor shower. Even though all you really need is a clear sky, lots of patience, and our handy Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map with a visibility conditions meter to see a meteor shower, the following tips can help maximize your shooting star viewing experience.

* Find a secluded viewing spot, away from the city lights. Once at the venue, your eyes may take 15 to 20 minutes to get used to the dark.
* Dress for the weather, and make sure you are comfortable, especially if you plan to stay out long. Bring a blanket or a comfortable chair with you, meteor watching can be a test of patience.
* Once you have found your viewing spot, lie down on the ground and look up in the direction of the radiant.



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