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Geminids Meteor Shower: the best places to watch from the United Kingdom tonight

The year's most spectacular meteor shower is this weekend How to Spot This Year's Spectacular Geminids Meteor Shower
Derrick Tucker | 14 December, 2018, 04:15

Thursday evening the Gemini meteor shower will peak.

Geminid has been increasing in intensity since first observed back in 1862, and now is considered the most intense of the annual meteor showers, particularly for the Northern Hemisphere.

NASA astronomer Bill Cooke told USA Today that the Geminids used to peak at just 30 meteors per hour, but Jupiter's gravity has brought the shower closer to our planet, increasing the rate of shooting stars.

The Geminid meteor shower is set to peak Thursday night into Friday morning and people all over the world were getting ready to see the last big meteor shower of 2018.

When can I see the best meteor showers this December?

You can book tickets for the session here.

The Met Office says, 'The best time to view the Geminids is between sunset, local time and before sunrise. Then you will start seeing Geminid meteors.

In the United Kingdom, the best time to see them will be between midnight and dawn on 14 December, but you can start looking any time after sunset. Going into the desert, away from city lights, would provide the best viewing experience but even city dwellers will be able to see a few meteors streaking across the sky.

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How to watch the Geminid meteor shower in India? Allow your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness, and look up to take in as much of the sky as possible. According to Rodgers, the Geminids appear to radiate out of one point out of the constellation Gemini (hence the name Geminids). Every December, Earth's orbit leads us through the trail of 3200 Phaethon and its debris, which crashes into our atmosphere and is known as the Geminid shower.

Meteor showers occur when the Earth ploughs through dust and particles left over from a passing comet or asteroid.

It was named after the Greek myth of Phaethon, son of the sun god Helios.

Traditionally asteroids are made of rock, and comets mostly of ice.

3200 Phaethon has a unique orbit that moves past the orbit of Mars, but also passes close to the sun, said Terry Jay Jones, professor emeritus of physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota.

While August's Perseid meteor shower was said to be the best of the year, the Geminid shower is also set to be a spectacle.

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