An average of 100-160 shooting stars are going to light up the sky every hour on December 13! You do not want to miss this. By Pallavi Mehra
Historically, the Geminid meteor shower has been the best shooting star show every year. The Geminids emerge from the constellation Gemini, from which they derive their name and the Geminid meteors are particles of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon which when hit the atmospheric layer, burns to showcase a mesmeric display of lights. The Geminid Meteor Shower has been getting brighter by the year and this year, if you manage to escape the city or town to the outskirts, you will be able to catch it from just about anywhere across the world.
The best part is you do not require any astronomical instruments to watch this. You can watch the spectacular phenomenon with your naked eyes but to see it, you must visit a truly dark location, away from the polluted city skies. To view and celebrate this occasion, stargazing events have been organized in Himachal Pradesh, Lonavla near Mumbai, and in numerous locations in the outskirts of Delhi. Don’t worry if you’re not able to take a getaway to watch this display, websites, such as Slooh will be live-streaming the Geminids as well.
The Geminids meteor shower will begin on December 7 and end on December 17 with the most number of shooting stars around 2 am IST on the night of December 13. In case you miss it, don’t worry the Geminids will be back around the same dates in 2018.