Geminid meteor shower peak time tonight: Darkened moon to help sky watchers in USA, Canada
It is the best time of the year when you can watch and enjoy falling stars or meteors from the sky. There is no denying the fact that Geminid meteor shower is actually thought to be the best meteor shower in any calendar year. And this year is no exception.
Sky watchers await the Geminid meteor showers and when it approaches they donâ€™t allow anything to distract them from this spectacular show of light.
There is no denying the show that this great show that is arranged by the nature comes absolutely free. You donâ€™t have to spend a single dollar in order to be able to enjoy the spectacle. The only thing that you will have to do will be to wait and keep a watch towards the sky.
Geminid meteor shower is actually a trail of dust and debris through space. The Geminid meteor shower, the strongest meteor shower of the year, lasts about two weeks each December. This year, it reaches its peak late Sunday night. Reports suggest that this great show of light and more light is the result of a small rocky object, called 3200 Phaethon, that leaves a trail of detritus behind it as it swings in an odd orbit around the sun. When Earth passes through that rocky trail, the debris hits our atmosphere â€” and we see a multitude of meteors.
You will be able to enjoy the Geminid shower across the US and Canada as the sky is expected to remain clear. When the shower peaks and it is expected to peak tonight, it is visible from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, notes NASA, with “beautiful long arcs viewable for 1-2 seconds.”
If you are one of those sky lovers who love to watch the meteors you will need to head away from bright lights, settle down and look up. There’s no need to focus on a particular region of the sky. And remember, meteor showers reward patience.
There is another factor going in your favor. This year’s shower is accompanied by a waxing crescent moon that will leave the sky very dark and very helpful in getting a great look at the meteors.