Google Doodle follows Geminid meteor shower to Earth

Google Doodle follows Geminid meteor shower to Earth

Google Doodle follows Geminid meteor shower to Earth

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), an average of 40 meteors per hour can be observed during the peak of Geminids meteor shower tomorrow, Friday, December 14 until early Saturday, December 15. The Geminid Meteor Shower a true spectacle and it's going to be at its best, brightest and clearest.

The meteor shower was first spotted from a MS riverboat in 1833 but has been growing stronger and brighter in the almost 200 years since, as Jupiter's gravity keeps pulling the stream of particles closer and closer to Earth.

The darker the skies, the more meteors you are likely to see, but some are bright enough to see in even less-than-favorable conditions.

The meteors in this shower appear to come from a radiant in the constellation Gemini (hence the shower's name).

"The best way to see the most meteors is simply to see as much of the sky as possible", Samuhel said.

Today's Google Doodle celebrates one of the most exciting astronomical events that nearly anyone can enjoy for themselves - the Geminid meteor shower.

Living in Sarasota means that light pollution from city lights will at least partially block the light from the meteor shower.

If you've glanced skyward in Ireland in the last few weeks, chances are all you've been greeted with is a blanket of cloud and probably a few raindrops in the face to go with it.

The 3200 Phaethon may have collided with another object in the distant past, which produced the stream of particles that hurdle across earth's atmosphere and created a meteor shower.

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: Where will it be visible?

You'll be able to easily watch the Geminid meteor shower from India provided you have access to a clear, dark night sky.

The meteor shower is a outcome of dust and grit burning when it enters the Earth's atmosphere. When this happens, we can see more meteors than on average night. The waxing crescent Moon sets around 10:30 p.m. local time, leaving the prime viewing hours after midnight free from any unwanted natural lighting.

"Even though the Geminids are rich in handsome green fireballs, the lights of New York, San Francisco, or Atlanta will blot even them out".

Google says Phaethon is named after the ancient Greek god Apollo's son. However, they can appear nearly anywhere in the night sky, and often appear yellowish in hue.

Don't look at your cell phone during this time Lie back and look up at the sky, try and give yourself the biggest view of the sky as you can.

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