Google Doodle Reminds Us to Watch Tonight's Geminid Meteor Shower

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In a slideshow with seven animated images, the doodle explains the phenomenon of one of the most spectacular meteor shower every year.

Geminid Meteor Shower will take place in the second week of December, all night on December 13 and 14. Although they are visible from dusk until dawn, the meteors peak around 2AM.

According to Dark Sky Discovery, the United Kingdom has some of the largest areas of dark sky in Europe, meaning our chances of observing the Geminids in their full glory are high. "They are just able to skim the upper portions of the atmosphere so they last longer in the thinner air and tend to create long paths in the sky". In order to see with the naked eye, you will need to view in an area with very little or no light pollution, again best with binoculars or telescope. The really cool aspect of this meteor shower is that at least 120 meteors are produced in an hour. A meteor flash is seen here with an aurora borealis shimmer in Norway.

Most meteor showers are caused by comets - huge clumps of ice - but the Geminids are different. Watch meteors showers observed in the skies over Daytona Beach, Florida, during the 2018 Geminid shower by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

Early night stargazers should turn their backs to the moon and allow their eyes to adjust to the darkness for about a half hour.

Earth is treated to the Geminids once a year when we pass through the debris of what astronomers suspect is 3200 Phaethon - an odd asteroid-comet hybrid, often referred to as a "rock comet" since it has characteristics of both.

The meteors appear to radiate from a spot just north of Castor, the bright star in the northern part of the constellation Gemini the Twins.

For those who miss tonight's meteor shower, Filippenko said the Geminids will continue Friday evening "but there won't be as many meteors".

The Met Office says, 'The best time to view the Geminids is between sunset, local time and before sunrise. Most meteor showers really don't perform until after midnight. The Geminids, however are the result of debris left behind by 3200 Phaethon, an Earth-crossing asteroid.

It was named after the Greek myth of Phaethon, son of the sun god Helios. NASA recommends that watchers go outside at 10:30 p.m.

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