Until the next rendezvous in mid-December each year, astronomy enthusiasts have the opportunity to admire the magnificent Geminid meteor shower, also known as the meteor shower in the sky. The Geminids promise to be a brilliant meteor shower with countless beautiful and bright meteors warming up the early winter skies.
In 2020, the peak of the Geminid meteor shower will occur on the night of December 13 and early in the morning of December 14.
Basic information about the Geminid meteor shower
– Entertainment: 4/12 – 17/12 every year
– Peak: 12-14/12, with a maximum frequency of 120 striae/hour
– Origin: Asteroid 3200 Phaethon
– Place of observation: Both hemispheres
December meteor shower
The Geminid meteor shower is considered one of the most beautiful meteor showers of the year, with the number of visible meteors up to 120 at its peak, which occurs on December 13-14 every year in Vietnam. . Nam can observe after midnight.
The meteor shower is named after the constellation Gemini because meteors originate from this constellation in the sky.
Origin of the Geminid meteor shower
Unlike most other meteor showers, the Geminid meteor shower is not the remnant of a comet, but of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. This asteroid takes 1.4 years to orbit the Sun.
Geminid meteor shower by Luocheng
Geminid Meteor Shower Viewing Guide
You don’t need any special tools, or too much skill, to observe a meteor shower. The usual conditions for observing meteor showers are clear skies, a little patience, a fairly dark space and the possibility of using some additional software to observe the sky. However, here are some tips to help you maximize your meteor shower experience.
– Find a secluded spot away from city lights. When you arrive on the scene, let your eyes adjust to the darkness for 15-20 minutes.
– Wear clothes suitable for the weather and make sure you feel comfortable, especially if you plan to leave. Bring a blanket and a recliner – watching the meteor shower can be a test of patience.
– Once you find the vantage point, lie down and look towards the meteor shower. Using software or a meteor shower map will make it easier to find the right direction in the sky.
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