Look up: Geminid meteor shower on display December 13

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Like all meteor showers, the Geminid is caused by particles of comet debris entering our atmosphere.

On the first slide, the doodle shows an illustration of our solar system, with the Sun becoming the second O in the logo. The really cool aspect of this meteor shower is that at least 120 meteors are produced in an hour.

The Geminids, however are the result of debris left behind by 3200 Phaethon, an Earth-crossing asteroid. For the Geminids, you can expect to see around 40 to 50 per hour under a clear, dark sky.

The meteors in the Geminid meteor shower appear to come from the constellation Gemini.

While we are treated to several meteor showers throughout the year, most pale in comparison to the grand finale - the Geminids.

The meteors can be seen in all parts of the sky, so you don't need to look in any particular direction.

Summertime is peak season for fireworks displays, especially around Christmas and New Years, but tonight there will also be a natural fireworks display in the night sky. "These periods often last as long as 15 minutes so it is advisable to watch for an hour or more so that you witness several peaks and valleys and get a real feel of the meteor activity".

The meteors are estimated to fall at over 79,000 mph or 21 3/4 miles per second.

The Geminid meteor shower is set to let up to sky tonight and in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Light from the moon makes it harder to see some fainter meteors, so it's best to wait until it sets to head outside.

And even though the Perseids meteor shower in August is better known, astronomers agree that you won't experience a more brilliant display of starlight than the Geminids.

The Geminids are often bright and intensely colored, and travel at a medium-to-slow velocity, according to the American Meteor Society. According to NASA, Wirtanen could look as bright as a star in the Little Dipper's handle.

"Don't miss out on one of the most prolific and reliable meteor showers of the year!" Wherever you go, give yourself ample time to hang out; experts say it takes about 20-30 minutes for one's eyes to fully adjust to the night sky. It all depends where you watch it from, but it promises to be a decent show in 2019 thanks to a lack of moonlight.

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