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Geminid meteor shower lights up the night sky

Skygazers will get to see a celestial show of shooting stars on Monday, like Geminid Meteor shower illuminates the night sky.

The display returns every December, is expected to peak on the night of December 13, and will show up in the early morning of December 14.

Meteorites are pieces of debris that enter the Earth’s atmosphere at speeds of up to 70km/s, evaporating and causing the bright streaks we know as meteors.

Geminids are bright, moderately fast, and come in an unusual variety of colors.

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They are mainly white, with some yellow and a few green, red and blue colors, partly due to the presence of traces of metals such as sodium and calcium – similar elements found in used to make fireworks colorful.

Meteor showers are known to produce more than 100 meteors per hour at their peak, although light pollution and other factors mean that in reality, the actual number that can be seen is much less.

The origin of the shooting stars is a stream of debris left behind by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, making it one of the only heavy showers that did not originate from a comet.

Skygazers will be able to see the display with the naked eye so no binoculars or telescopes are needed.

It is best not to look directly at the radiation as this can limit the number of meteors that people can see.

Instead, people should just look to the side in a dark area of ​​the sky for a better chance of seeing the display.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/geminid-b1974425.html Geminid meteor shower lights up the night sky

JACLYN DIAZ

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