This object, which was discovered on October 11, 1983, will come very close to Earth this time, 26 times farther away than the moon, thereby putting on a spectacular show. You will be able to see at least one meteor per minute, or 60 meteors per hour.
The Geminid meteor shower peaks Wednesday and Thursday during the early morning hours. These are what we call meteors; if they reach the ground, they're called meteorites.
"The thin, waning crescent Moon won't spoil the show", Cooke said.
The most meteors will be visible from midnight to 4 a.m. on Thursday, when the radiant is highest in the sky.
Meteor shower Geminids, which will be the last in 2017, is among the three largest.
All of the meteors you see may not belong to the Geminid shower - some might be sporadic background meteors. While most come from meteors, the Geminids originate from an asteroid which makes the material entering the atmosphere hard and gritty. When you already know the best date and time to witness the meteor shower in India, the next question that comes to the mind is where to see it. He didn't catch a Geminid (although he did catch a random meteor, which exploded as it fell).
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In the D.C. metro area, begin to look for the show before about 10 p.m. when the brightest stars in the Gemini constellation will rise above the horizon.
Things do improve in the early hours of the morning which could mean that you have a ideal window within which to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon without getting completely soaked. Give your eyes time to adjust to the dark.
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Ingram urges would-be meteor watchers to get as far away from city lights as possible.
"It really, I think, is becoming the best of the periodic annual meteor showers", Chester said.
Taking its name from the region in the sky where it usually appears (Gemini constellation) the Geminids are renowned for being some of the brightest and most active in the stargazing calendar.