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Astronomical event: Geminids Meteor shower

  • 13 Dec 2018
  • 14 Dec 2018

In 2018, the Geminid meteor shower peaks on the night of December 13 and early morning hours of December 14.

The Geminid meteor shower can be seen every year between December 4 and December 16, with its peak activity being around December 13-14. The shower owes its name to the constellation Gemini because the meteors seem to emerge from this constellation in the sky.

Unlike most other meteor showers, the Geminids are not associated with a comet but with an asteroid: the 3200 Phaethon. The asteroid takes about 1.4 years to orbit the Sun.

The Geminids are considered to be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak, which is on December 13th or 14th 2018

While it is not necessary to look in a particular direction to enjoy a meteor shower, astronomers suggest looking towards the south to view the Geminids.

The best time to view the Geminids is at night – after sunset and before sunrise.


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