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Geminids meteor shower Wednesday/Thursday if you can find a clear sky

 


The Geminids, considered by many stargazers to be one of the best meteor showers of the year, will put on a show for us here on Earth on Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning, provided weather cooperates.

The meteor shower was washed out by last year’s super moon, but it will return this year unfettered by light pollution by the moon.

According to Space.com, the meteor shower has been observable on Earth for nearly 200 years, and can treat skywatchers to up to 120 meteors an hour during its peak.

The event occurs every year when the planet passes through a debris field left by 3200 Phaethon, an asteroid zipping through the solar system.

Every year the shower gets more impressive, since the gravitational pull of the planet Jupiter draws the debris field closer to Earth’s orbit every year.

The meteor show will peak around 2 a.m. Thursday morning.

For best viewing, it is suggested that viewers find a secluded place where light pollution from cities or towns will not affect the view.

 

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