See the Geminid meteor shower without braving the cold


This year, the Geminids will be the best meteor shower of the year, according to Cooke, since August's Perseids were somewhat outshone by the moon.

The much-awaited Geminid shower produces shooting stars that are bright and easy to spot from all over the world.

Here, Dr. Debiprosad Duari, Director, M. P. Birla Planetarium, Kolkata, explains meteors and the Geminid meteor shower.

For the Geminids, viewers didn't necessarily have to try and find the radiant constellation in order to see some meteors.

The Geminid meteor shower is almost 200 years old, according to known records.

However, not everyone could enjoy the display. We haven't received a lot of photos yet, but wanted to give you this early report on the shower. The next shower, the Ursids, will be visible from late night December 22 into early morning December 23.

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Earth's annual Geminid meteor shower did not disappoint as our fair planet plowed through dust from active asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Those that enter and streak through the atmosphere are called meteors.

Tonight there will still be around 15 to 30 an hour, and by Friday just the odd one or two, writes

The Geminids can deliver up to 120 meteors every hour.

The asteroid, a three-mile-wide rock called 3200 Phaethon, will remain a comfortable 6.4 million miles away.

As an added bonus this year, astronomers will have a chance to study Phaethon up close on 17th December, when it passes nearest to Earth since its discovery in 1983.

Asteroids are rocky bodies going round the Sun, originating from a region between the orbit of Mars and Jupiter.