STUNNING Geminid meteor shower set to peak tonight; Know how to watch it LIVE online

The brightly lit Geminid meteor shower is set to peak tonight, December 14. Know all about it and how to watch it live online.

| Updated on: Dec 14 2022, 12:10 IST
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Sky watchers are in for an incredible treat the next few days. But tonight, December 14, is going to be the most spectacular of them all. Why? It's because the Geminid meteor shower is very much live and it is expected to peak tonight. Not only that, but many astronomers believe that it is going to be one of the best meteor shower nights of the entire year. So, you absolutely cannot miss it. For those unaware, the Geminid meteor shower occurs when the Earth passes through the debris trail of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. This year, the meteor shower began on December 4 and the number of shooting stars across the sky has been slowly increasing. While the shower will continue till December 17, the number of meteors will reduce drastically after tonight. So, if you have been excited about them too, then you should know the best time to watch them and know how to watch the telescopic view of them live online. Just read on.

Geminid meteor shower to peak tonight

NASA revealed in its blog post, “During peak activity and perfect weather conditions, which are rare, the Geminids produce approximately 100-150 meteors per hour for viewing”. And while a waning gibbous Moon can make it harder to see all of the meteors passing through the sky, it is expected that the Geminid meteor shower will be so bright that you will get to see a great show regardless. Interestingly, the meteor shower is coined the Geminids because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini.

What time to watch the Geminid meteor shower

According to NASA, the peak for the Geminid meteor shower will be at 6 AM CST (5:30 PM IST) on December 14. The meteor shower should offer a great view throughout the night. The last opportunity to watch the meteor shower is on December 17 but on that night you may only see a couple of meteors passing through the sky.

How to watch the Geminid meteor shower

While these meteor shower events can be seen with the unaided eye from any area of the world where there is low light pollution, major cities will likely not get to see this. If you are in a big city and still wish to watch the meteor shower, you can watch it online. arious astronomy channels on YouTube such as THEREALPAX, Live Meteors, Secrets of Space and The Muddy Show will be hosting webcasts of the meteor shower for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. All you need to do is go to YouTube and search for ‘Orionid meteor shower 2022' in the search bar and turn on the filter for Live videos.

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First Published Date: 14 Dec, 11:45 IST
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