The Canadian skies bring people an early Christmas present during the next week. A meteor shower will brighten the atmosphere on December 13 or 14, according to your time zone.
Space.com revealed that the shower would be the brightest of the year and it’s possible to see 120meteors per hour during its peak.
This is considered to be one of the brightest meteor showers of 2018 – the Geminids. They are individual meteors that come really fast and furious at the same time.
It’s also important to mention that under light-polluted skies, there will not be visible so many meteors. The most of them will be appearing in the hours after midnight.
“The best time to view the Geminids is around 2 am local time,” says NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke. “The moon will be first quarter, so it will set around midnight; there will be no moonlight to interfere with the Geminids this year.”
Canadians will not need special equipment or skills to be able to enjoy this phenomenon; they’ll only need patience.
The Geminid meteor shower
The Geminid meteor shower is about 200 years old and it’s still growing stronger. The explanation is that Jupiter’s gravity has tugged the stream of particles from the source of the shower, the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, closer to our planet over the centuries.
Space.com also provides an Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map that helps maximize timing and visibility conditions to maximize your star-gazing experience.
Experts recommend Canadians to find a more secluded spot, away from the city lights and to give their eyes about 15-29 minutes to have enough time to adjust to the darkness.
After you find a good viewing spot, lie down on the ground and look up. You can see the video from 2017 just to get an idea of what you’ll be about to see next week as well.
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