Geminid meteor shower: Where, when and how to see it

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018 Google Doodle Marks The Sky Light Show Through Slideshow Best Time to See Meteor Shower

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018 Google Doodle Marks The Sky Light Show Through Slideshow Best Time to See Meteor Shower

Tonight, you will get to witness a spectacular cosmic show in the sky called "Geminids meteor shower". This meteor shower happens every year, but NASA has identified the two days that your family should watch it.

Bundle up and watch one of the best meteor showers before the year ends.

An annual shower of meteors is expected to light up the sky on Thursday with up to 120 shooting stars every hour.

Here's one great option: the Dubai Astronomy Group will be holding a special public event on Friday evening at Al Qudra lakes from 10pm until 4am. The meteors can be seen with the naked eye, so no equipment is required. You can book tickets for the session here.

However, for the most intense shower head out at about 2am when the sky will be filled with bright meteors.

The green-coloured comet will be at its brightest between December 14 and 18. The shooting stars appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini, hence the name.

The Google Doodle slideshow follows the Geminids' path through Earth's atmosphere as it lights up the sky.

According to AccuWeather, people in the central U.S. will have the best view of the meteor shower, while those in northwestern and eastern states will mostly see clouds.

The Geminid meteors originate from a rocky asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon. But they actually are thought to come from 3200 Phaethon, a space rock that shares characteristics similar to both a comet and an asteroid.

Named after the constellation Gemini, the Geminids will rise above the eastern horizon just after 9 p.m. ET, with the official peak around 7:30 a.m., meaning anyone across North America and the Pacific Basin should set their clocks to stargazing between those hours.

The 3200 Phaethon may have collided with another object in the distant past, which produced the stream of particles that hurdle across earth's atmosphere and created a meteor shower. Be patient and know that it can take your eyes between 20 and 30 minutes to adjust to the dark.

The best part is that our country is positioned to get the best view as we are in the Northern Hemisphere.

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If you want to wish upon a star, tonight's your night!

Going into the desert, away from city lights, would provide the best viewing experience but even city dwellers will be able to see a few meteors streaking across the sky.

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