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Today the moon is shining directly in front of the constellation Gemini the Twins which makes excellent conditions for observing Geminidmeteorshower. The peak of the Geminid meteorshower activity will be in the night of December 13/14 and 14/15. In general, the intensity of the shower reaches its peak at 2 o’clock in the night and lasts till the morning. In the ideally dark night you may count up to 50 falling Geminids per hour, or one per minute. However, take into account that the bright moon will significantly reduce the number of visible Geminids. If you are planning to enjoy Geminids shower, get away from the city to a deserted dark place. You will need warm clothes and hot drinks for the whole night.
When you’ve reached the place where you’re planning to observe Geminids, allow your eyes to rest from the dark for approximately 20 minutes. You will need to spend at least one hour to notice a star fall. The constellation Gemini the Twins consists of the two bright stars – Castor and Pollux – that are shining close to the moon tonight. The star Castor is aligned to the Geminidmeteorshower radiant which is the point where visually all stars are starting to fall down from. Most meteor showers appear when the Earth crosses the orbital path of a comet. The comet debris plunges into Earth’s upper atmosphere, and the vaporizing particles fill the night with meteors. But the Geminid meteor shower’s parent body looks more like an asteroid than a comet.
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