Why the Geminids Are the Best Meteor Shower of 2017

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A combination of slow travelling, slightly bigger particles and a waning crescent moon means that there may be a chance to see more than a 100 meteors per hour, he said.

The Geminid meteor shower itself was first noted in the 1860s. In the southern hemisphere, you will have a subdued but still attractive show because Gemini doesn't rise very high above the local horizon.

The Geminids could be the best show of the year because of the darkness. As true in every season, the International Space Station (ISS) can be sometimes be found drifting across your sky if you know just when and where to look. What makes it interesting is the fact that these places will not only be great for witnessing the Geminid Meteor Shower but will also prove to be great winter destinations to vacation at!

The shower is predicted to be at its maximum at around 2 am on December 14, when the Gemini constellation will be nearly overhead and the number of meteors can reach up to 120 per hour, he said. "The darker the night sky, the better", he added. Some might be random background meteors, and some might be from weaker, active showers like the Monocerotids, Sigma Hydrids and the Comae Berenicids.

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"By morning, (the meteors) will seem to be raining down on you".

As all meteor showers, the Geminids are named after the constellation that appear to the eye as the source of the meteor shower. Then, give your eyes some time to adjust to the dark and start scanning the skies. Gemini is above and to the left, high in the northeastern sky.

"With August's Perseids obscured by bright moonlight, the Geminids will be the best shower this year", said Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, IANS quoted.

Over time it has become more intense, with up to 20 comets per hour reported in the 1920s, rising to 50 in the 1930s, 60 in the 1940s and 80 in the 1970s.

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