Alright, Outsiders. Get your binoculars, telescopes, or just your naked eye ready for the Geminids meteor shower.
This is going to be the best meteor shower of the entire year and it comes as we get ready to wind down and welcome in 2022. So, if you want to catch a unique event later this month, here’s your info.
Technically, the showers have already started. However, they are not expected to peak until December 13-14. So, if you wanted to squint for the next week or so at the sky, you could be seeing some activity already. If you want to wait until it starts to get good, well don’t wait too long. These showers will be over by December 17.
So, stargazers, be ready. The Geminids meteor showers have produced some great showers in the past and should once again bring a beautiful display to the dark skies of Earth. Getting a dark, clear night with little light pollution is key to seeing these showers. At the peak, folks could see 50 meteors flash across the sky an hour.
NASA is saying that this is going to be the best of the year. These showers will provide the strongest and most visible streaks of any shower this year.
NASA Says Showers Produced by ‘Dusty Debris’
So, what exactly is causing the Geminids meteor shower? Well, thankfully NASA has us covered on that.
The showers are, “active … when Earth passes through a massive trail of dusty debris shed by a weird, rocky object named 3200 Phaethon. The dust and grit burn up when they run into Earth’s atmosphere in a flurry of ‘shooting stars,'” NASA says.
If you are in a highly-populated area, this could be a tricky one to see. Get out to a dark place away from high levels of light. Then, hopeful gazers should let their eyes adjust for at least half an hour. So, if you don’t start seeing the showers immediately this could be the reason why. Oh, and put down your phone.
“Avoid looking at your cell phone, as it will mess up your night vision,” the space agency explains. “Lie flat on your back and look straight up, taking in as much sky as possible. You will soon start to see Geminid meteors.
3200 Phaethon is a mysterious rock. However, every December the 19,000ft asteroid crumbles a bit and sends these showers down to Earth. This event is on every astronomer’s calendar.
Geminids Meteor Shower Live Stream for Those Who Can’t Get Outside
Look, not everyone can get out to a field away from the city and lie down to stare at the sky. Those that want to be a part of the event but don’t have the means to see it themselves are in luck. NASA is providing a stream at the peak of the shower as part of its “meteor watch.”
If you want to catch that stream it will be on the NASA Facebook page. The Geminids meteor shower will be here and gone before you know it.