Google marks Geminid meteor shower with a series of doodles

Ajustar Comentario Impresión

In the hours before sunrise Friday, the most meteors will be visible in the North American sky, peaking about 7:30 a.m. ET, predicts Sky & Telescope.

Members of the public can avail of the "rare opportunity" to view the comet for free on Friday 14 December at 8pm in Astronomy Ireland's Dublin headquarters, at Unit B1, Centrepoint, Rosemount Business Park, Blanchardstown.

Geminid is unique in another way as most meteor showers originate from comets. Moving at about 79,000 miles per hour, the Geminids can look as bright as planet Venus, according to USA Today.

The Geminids are named for the constellation Gemini, the point from which the meteors seem to radiate. You'll be able to see up to 100 meteors per hour.

PAGASA said there will be shooting stars that are big enough to be seen through a naked eye.

Visitors of Tilden Park should note, however, that the park closes at 10 p.m. - and, meteor shower or not, tonight will not be an exception. In ideal conditions, there would be 50 to 120 meteors an hour.

The pieces burn up as they enter our atmosphere creating the bright colours.

Watch the Slooh Geminid meteor shower stream here. The 2019 Geminid meteor shower is scheduled to occur during a full moon, which will likely obscure viewing. They set out to figure out where it came from, but it took more than a century until Phaethon was discovered.

Scientists are still debating about the true nature of Phaethon.

A similar object, called 2005 UD that shares a lot of similarities with Phaethon leads some to believe the two objects were once part of a larger rock that split apart or was broken after colliding with another asteroid. As the night gets darker, and each shooting star starts to fall, one can observe more over a period of time. Google, through its doodle, has reminded us that we must not miss this annual celestial event, which NASA says, are most "prolific" and "reliable" meteor showers of the year. Here's how to find Gemini in the sky, although you don't have to look directly at it to be able to see tonight's lights. That's Comet 46P/Wirtanen, which is expected to be the brightest comet of the year.

It first became a spectacle shortly in the early 1800s and at that time was weak, and according to NASA, it attracted very little attention.