Published: Tue, December 12, 2017
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

How to watch this week's Geminid meteor shower

How to watch this week's Geminid meteor shower

However, the Geminid's meteors are different because they originated from an asteroid, known as Phaethon.

The shower is predicted to be at its maximum at around 2 am on December 14, when the Gemini constellation will be nearly overhead and the number of meteors can reach up to 120 per hour, he said.

The best time to see the Geminids will be between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

While the peak is expected to occur when you can see about 120 meteors per hour at about 2 a.m. on December 14, National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Metzger said the moon and cloud cover in the Wichita area are likely to steal the show.

The Geminid meteor shower is going to be the most powerful shooting stars of 2017 crowns in the night of December 13-14. In 2017, the moon won't be visible at the time of the event, which would make the meteor shower even more fantastic.

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How do I get the best view of the Geminid meteor shower?

By friction in the atmosphere, the particles then burn up and give rise to not only a single bright streak in the sky but numerous meteors called meteor showers, he elaborated. The meteors will look like they're coming from all over the sky, so try to get as wide a view as possible and look straight up.

When these space dusts enter Earth's atmosphere, they end up sparkling beautifully. It could either be a near-Earth asteroid or a dead comet, but there's no consensus about what it is, according to NASA.

Astronomers aren't exactly sure what Phaethon is though.

Researcher Pål Brekke told the broadcaster that the origins of 3200 Phaethon are unknown, but that many consider it to be an extinct comet that has lost its ice and frozen gases after passing close to the sun many times. Whatever it is, it will pass closer to Earth this December than it has since 1983.

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