The last shower stars of the year


Every year, enthusiasts of astronomy expect to see geminides in December, one of the strongest rain rains, which is visible in the night sky on the northern and southern hemisphere of the planet.

Although called a "star shower", this is the truth These are meteors that quickly ignite when they enter the atmosphere when the planet passes through the Earth a ruin that was read by a strange and rocky object called the 3200 Phaethon.

Gemminids – which are named after the constellation Gemini – They are very bright and tend to look yellow. Its maximum concentration is in December, over a period of approximately 13 days (especially between 4 and 17 December).

In 2018 there will be a peak of activity 13 and 14 December, where they are expected to fall 120 meteors per hour.

What is the best way to see it?

Cities that are far from light pollution, this is far from the city lights, are ideal to see them. When you get to a remote location, you should not watch your mobile phone for at least thirty minutes before getting used to the view in the dark. In some cities like New York, rain will not be seen due to the large number of lights.

NASA recommends that the best observation time is between 1 and 2 in the morning.

This year also astronomical lovers who decide to watch the rain of the stars pIn the constellation of Taurus you would see a small green light. This light corresponds to Comet 46P / Wirtanen, approaching the Earth.


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