Sky-gazers around most of the world will be able to glimpse the Geminid meteor shower this week.
The Geminids, which appear to radiate from a point in the constellation Gemini, are currently active until Dec. 17 and peaked Tuesday morning, according to NASA.
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The density enables the Geminids to get as low as 29 miles above Earth’s surface before burning up.
This shower is best viewed by observers in the Northern Hemisphere; the farther one goes toward the South Pole, the lower the Geminid radiant gets above the horizon.
Additionally, the moon was almost 80% full at the peak of the Geminids, impacting viewing by washing out fainter meteors.
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The Geminids travel 78,000 mph, or 40 times faster than a speeding bullet.
Meteors appear all over the sky, with a predicted rate of closer to 30-40 meteors per hour at its peak in the Northern Hemisphere.
“Rich in green-colored fireballs, the Geminids are the only shower I will brave cold December nights to see,” Bill Cooke, lead for NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, said in a statement.
For best viewing – although meteor rates will be much lower – observers should stay away from light pollution and lie on their back in the darkness, allowing time for eyes to adjust. This can take around 30 minutes.
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Looking at any screen will also ruin their night vision.