It’s time to take a shower… or rather to take in a shower that will prove to be a tremendously fascinating light show in the skies.
The Geminid meteor shower peaks Thursday night and in Southeast Texas, viewing conditions are expected to be optimum for sky gazing. The Geminid shower, under dark and empty skies, can produce over 120 meteors per hour. The shower is also characterized by bright meteors.
Because of the current full moon, The Geminids will peak in the skies Thursday and will offer gazing that is free of the moon’s glare. Viewers that live in dark and rural areas will be able to view perhaps 100 or more meteors per hour.
Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, said in a statement that Thursday will be a great evening for viewing of the meteors: “Meteors from the new shower (if any) will be visible in the early evening, with the Geminids making their appearance later on and lasting until dawn, Cooke stated.
The Geminids are named so due to their appearance seeming to emanate from the constellation Gemini (The Twins).
For those that are planning on taking in the Geminid Meteor, a few scattered Geminids can be spotted shortly after sunset tonight. The meteor shower show will really begin to light the sky around 10 p.m.(EST) local time, The meteor shower should be at its peak at 2 a.m. or so.
Sky gazers will not need binoculars or a telescope to see the shooting stars but to ensure optimal star gazing, make sure you are far aways from the bright lights of a big city.
So will you go outside and view the Geminid Meteor Shower? Take a look at related video below!
Cicely C. Mitchell, 100.3 KILT/Houston