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Geminid meteor shower watch in Penang 'almost ideal'

3323499_web1_gtr-weekinpics04-082018 One Of The Best Meteor Showers Of The Year Is Peaking Over Canada Next Week
Kristine Garrett | 15 December, 2020, 00:41

"For the Geminid meteor shower, we could see between 120 and 150 meteors per hour if the environment is perfectly dark and the night skies are completely clear", he told Bernama at his observatory in Pulau Betong, Balik Pulau when observing the meteors on Sunday night.

"Meteors in the upcoming shower can appear anywhere in the sky", said the Royal Astronomical Society.

NASA will broadcast the Geminids live on its NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page starting at 9 p.m. Monday.

In 2020, the Geminid viewing will be especially good (if you're graced with a clear night!), NASA noted, because there's almost a new moon, meaning "there will be darker skies and no moonlight to wash out the fainter meteors".

As always at this time of year, the Geminid meteor shower will become its most visible this evening.

Meteors They are the parts of rocks and dusk that are separated from comets and asteroids.

For a better viewing experience, NASA recommends moving away from bright city lights to a place where urban light pollution does not occur.

You should sit or lay down outside for at least 15 to 20 minutes to let your eyes adjust to the dark sky. Also, as per NASA, don't look at your phone screen while watching the sky as it will ruin your night vision. "So please don't go out and view the Geminids and still text while you're doing it, because that'll greatly cut down the number of meteors you will see", he said.

The celestial display of shooting stars will be particularly prominent as it will be a new Moon meaning it won't be visible in the sky to interfere with the view. Meteor showers are witnessed when Earth passes through the trail of debris left behind by a comet or an asteroid. A meteor is what falls through the Earth's atmosphere.

They usually appear every December, between the sixth and 14th - and this year was no different. Lie flat on your back and look straight up, taking in as much sky as possible.

"When you see a meteorite, a shooting star, when you see a shooting star in the sky, you think it's landed over the next hill or just down the road".

Today is the last chance to see the Geminds meteor shower before it comes to an end and you have to wait till next year.

Khan mentioned that they are often called shooting stars.

Dundee, who he fell in love with astronomy in his 10th-grade physics class, said, "One of my favorite quotes [is] from [a] 17th-century French astronomer named Camille Flammarion".

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