December is hosting the highly anticipated Geminid meteor shower in 2019. But, to everyone’s disappointment, the effect of the moon could destroy the experience on that night. One can see this magnificent meteor shower event on the night of the 13th of December and the 14th of December.
America’s Space Agency, NASA, revealed that the meteor shower might bring as high as 140 meteors per hour. The Geminid meteor shower appears in December every year. But, against everyone’s expectation, the full moon hits just a day earlier to the Geminid meteor shower. As a result, the moon might take the limelight, and observers will face difficulties to watch the shooting stars.
How to Watch?
Those who are interested in watching the best possible sight, NASA recommends them to leave the city to avoid the cities’ light pollution. NASA further reveals that one can enjoy the highest number of meteors between 12 a.m. to 2 a.m. One can see about 20 meteors per hour in a cloudless sky on the 14th of December, the American Meteor Society revealed.
Cause of Meteors Shower
These events often termed as the shooting stars, but they are not stars. These so-called shooting stars are nothing but meteors. Meteors are nothing but space rocks. When these rocks entered the external atmosphere, they started to burn, owing to the friction with the earth’s atmosphere.
The Geminid meteor will become visible from as early as the 4th of December. The meteor shower will end on the 17th of December. But, one can see the highest number of meteors on the 13th and 14th of December. The meteor shower named after the Gemini constellation, as it radiates near the Gemini constellation.
Though the full moon will affect the views of the public, one can enjoy the magnificent event in light and cloud-free sky during the peak period, experts revealed.