Meteor shower expected to brighten sky today

Meteor shower expected to brighten sky today

This year's best meteor shower, according to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will be visible in most places in the world and will peak in the Philippines' eastern horizon on the night of December 14 until the early morning of December 15. This meteor shower is predicted to be one of the most dazzling in recent memory as an nearly absent moon will assure that the meteors stand out brightly as they streak across the sky. The peak of the meteor showers will be at 9 Wednesday night.

Make this year more memorable, get ready to encounter the picturesque meteor shower tonight.

The asteroid has a debris trail in orbit around the sun, and once a year, Earth runs into this dusty path, which intersects our planet's path through space.

The Geminids are named for the constellation Gemini, the point from which the meteors seem to radiate. The conclusion helped demonstrate that the atmosphere of the Earth is a much better guard against meteor impacts than earlier thought. The shower is supposed to be at its maximum around 2 am on December 14, 2017.

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What are meteors and meteoroids?

It should be visible to bare eyes from about 8.30pm on.

While this isn't particularly exciting, because the moon is a waning crescent, the sky will be fairly dark, so conditions will be very good for sighting shooting stars.

For best view, one can hit the hilly dark areas.

You may be excited as only few days is left for Christmas, but not to forget that you will be surprised by a bright meteor streak across the December sky before Santa does. The Geminid meteor shower is expected in more numbers this year, the supermoon of the year just happened on December 3, 2017, and two full moons are expected to occur in January 2018 giving rise to blue moons.

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