Geminid Meteor Shower Live Stream Details
The Geminid meteor shower will get to its peak tonight (December 13) and you can view the yearly starry night display live on the internet if the weather permits.
The Geminid meteor shower is the most lively meteor shower of the year, having 100 to 150 meteors each hour. But this year the meteor shower peaks just some days before the full moon day of December 18 which implies that the shiny moonlight may disturb the sight of any of the glaring meteors.
There will be a live stream of the meteor shower’s peak tonight at 9 p.m. EST by a meteor camera at the Marshall Space Flight center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The gleaming moon which will be around 80% full and alleviate the vision to 30 to 40 meteors every hour is thought to set on December 14 at around 2 a.m. EST providing the best chance to have a look. The livestream would be done on NASA’s meteor watch page on facebook.
If you are willing to capture photographs of the Geminid Meteors, we can assist on how to photograph meteor showers. You can also make use of our cameras and lensee for astrophotography to prepare for next meteor shower.
About the Geminids and Their Origin
The Geminids are given their name after constellation Gemini from which they emerge. They are green in colour and are bits of a cosmic thing called the 3200 Phaethon, which renders a stream of debris as it revolves around the sun.
Once every year, the Earth goes through the dusty trail of that object, and this leads to the creation of a an eye catching display of meteors which is a picturesque sight to most of the world.
However, there is some argument about the actual nature of 3200 Phaethon. Whereas some astronomers declare that its orbit and resemblance to the asteroid Pallas make it an asteroid, others contend that it is in reality a comet which has gone extinct due to the observations that show a small amount of material which traces from the surface of Phaethon, according to a NASA statement.
NASA said, “Whatever the nature of Phaethon, observations show that the Geminids are denser than meteors belonging to other showers, enabling them to get as low as 29 miles [47 kilometers] above Earth’s surface before burning up. Meteors belonging to other showers, like the Perseids, burn up much higher.”
More Details About the Geminids and How to Observe a Meteor Shower
The Geminids, which travel at a speed of 78000 mph are seen best by the ones in the Northern hemisphere where its radiant point – the point in the sky from which the meteors appear to come out is in vicinity of the constellation Gemini, the twins in the northern sky.
In the southern hemisphere, the Geminid radiant is nearer to horizon which means a few Geminids can be seen in extreme southern parts, according to NASA.
In case you miss the peak of the Geminids tonight, do not worry, the meteor shower will be there till December 17. You can also see Geminids in nightly visuals which are captured by the All Sky Fireball Network, which are accessible every morning on the internet.
If you think of seeing the meteor shower outside, keep in mind to dress properly and give your eyes some time to take to the darkness, a complete guideline to observing them for the first time is available here.