Geminids Put on Spectacular Show

Geminid Meteor Shower time in Australia

Meteor shower. This is quite rare.

The Geminid meteor shower comprises shooting stars that are commonly bright with long persisting trains, it is considered one of the best and most reliable meteor showers of the year.

The show should peak around 2 a.m., though the Gemini constellation is rising in local skies around 7:30 p.m.in the east-northeast, Sabin said.

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At peak times in clear conditions you will see 120 meteor per hour streaming across the night sky. Last year's supermoon cast extra brightness into the night sky, which diluted the visual impact of the Geminids, a particularly showy meteor shower.

For more information on the Geminid shower you can check NASA's Meteor Watch Facebook page where meteor expert Bill Cooke fielded questions from an audience in a live stream on Tuesday. But in this case, the shower will spring from material that's already broken off of an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon. The asteroid is the 32000 Phaethon, and having this phenomenon over comets results in dust grains that burn up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere, NASA claims. Geminids can be seen on nights before and after the peak, although they will appear less frequently. Usually, meteor showers are caused by by-passing comets.

The Gemini constellation is to the right of that and above it. From the time the constellation rises, the view will continue to get better and better, especially around midnight, he added.

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"The great thing about a meteor shower is that you don't need any special tools".

The Geminids can be seen with the naked eye under clear, dark skies over most of the world, though the best view is from the Northern Hemisphere.

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For stargazers not willing to courageous the cold, Space.com will be airing a live broadcast of the Geminids, courtesy of NASA, beginning at 5:40 p.m.

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