Google Doodle explains path of Geminid Meteor Shower 2018

Google Doodle explains path of Geminid Meteor Shower 2018

Google Doodle explains path of Geminid Meteor Shower 2018

The Geminid meteor shower is the highlight of the meteor year and in the early hours of Friday, December 14.

According to unconfirmed reports, the Geminid meteor shower is likely to be visible Rajasthan's Alwar, around Himalayas belt. Also, if the weather is clear, 2018 should be the best year ever to watch the Gemenides, Google said.

However, for the most intense shower head out at about 2am when the sky will be filled with bright meteors. The really cool aspect of this meteor shower is that at least 120 meteors are produced in an hour.

What is the Geminid meteor shower?

The unique space rock, which demonstrates characteristics of both comets and asteroids, orbits the sun every 1.4 years and comes so close to the star that it's surface gets heated to about 1500°F (800°C).

The 46P/Wirtnanen comet, which is about 3/4 of a mile long, should move across the sky the morning of December 16, according to NASA, and binoculars or a telescope will help you get a better view.

When the moon sets around 10:30 p.m. local time, according to NASA, you should find a dark place, give your eyes time to adjust, lie on your back and look up. Initially thought to be emerging from the constellation Gemini (from where it gets the name Geminid), scientists later discovered that the Geminids are fragments of 3200 Phaethon.

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So, every year in the month of December, these Geminids are active.

"The meteor shower is visible the whole day but the actual visibility starts from the night and continues throughout".

The meteor shower was first spotted from a MS riverboat in 1833 but has been growing stronger and brighter in the almost 200 years since, as Jupiter's gravity keeps pulling the stream of particles closer and closer to Earth.

The cosmic debris that causes the Geminids comes from a unusual object called 3200 Phaethon, which is named after a son of the ancient Greek god Helios. When this happens, we can see more meteors than on average night.

"Simply face north-east and scan the sky to see dozens of shooting stars at its peak".

The early morning hours are considered best because that is when Gemini, and its bright stars Castor and Pollux, is highest in the sky.

Geminid meteor shower image taken in 2011.

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