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The meteor shower lit the sky

Take your eyes heavenly, because it is one of the most spectacular meteor shower showers of the year designed to illuminate the heavens.

Starting from the constellation Gemini (ie the name), a meteor shower Geminids occurs at similar times each year when the Earth passes through the "tail" or a cloud of debris from the asteroid, which is unusual, since most meteor showers are from the tail of the comet.

Physicist James James John Daicopoulos said that the route of the asteroid or comet remains like a cloud of dust following a car driving on a macadam road.

"The earth circles the sun, and every year around this Earth passes through a cloud of dust, which is essentially an asteroid tail," he said

"We are near the new moon, and the shower is just before the moon reaches the first quarter, which is good, because meteors are not necessarily the brightest things, so you do not want a lot of light moon, you want a dark sky."

Mr Daicopoulos said when the optimum viewing times occurred, it is a "guess game".

"You never know which part of the cloud or ruins will cross the earth, so the best way to show the meteor shower is to go out and look up.

"Geminids will be fast – they will be in the sky for a few seconds. You never know what will happen in any flight, but in general you can see anything from one to three minutes per minute."

"It could have been a big fireball of this night or maybe not, but you will not see if you do not look at the sky," he said.


WHAT: Geminids Meteor Shower

WHEN: Friday, December 14th

WHERE: Worldwide! The best view for Qld is from 22.30.

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