Tuesday , January 19 2021

A shower with a meteor to light up the sky

The best show of the year for nature will be visible to all to see tonight as the spirit of the Geminid meteorites puts on its magnificent annual performance.

The meteorite is the lightning of the night sky caused by the burning of a small part of the interplanetary debris that passes through the earth's atmosphere.

Karan O'Connor from Gelorup Business The Mobile Observatory said the shower was the largest and brightest meteor shower in the two hemispheres, with 120 to 160 meteors per hour at its peak. This will happen from the late evening to the early hours of tomorrow morning, at 2 am, offering ideal viewing conditions.

For those who do not want to stay on a week-long evening, Ms. O'Connor said that earlier views would still offer a star shooting at least every minute.

"The gemini will appear northeast, just above the horizon in the constellation" Gemini, "she said.

"Although meteors will appear as habitats of Gemini, they may appear anywhere in the night sky.

– Just stand in the Northeast and scan the sky to see dozens of shooting stars at its peak.

Using Orion's belt as a starting point, Ms. O'Connor said he was looking to the left for a red star from which the Gemini constellation was right underneath. She said the meteors would still be seen every night at the weekend.

The meteor shower is not the only star of the spectacular star she can expect this week with the 46P / Wirtanen comet – also known as the Christmas comet – to close the last Earth in its closest approach for more than 70 years late on Sunday night .

The green comet will be the brightest between December 14 and 18.

"This simple eye can look like a big fuzzy star, but we recommend people with binoculars look," she said.

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