The Geminids meteor shower, the brightest shower of the year, will peak this evening.
Stargazers and others willing to fearless the cold Thursday and Friday nights are in for a cosmic treat: the Geminid meteor shower is coming. You won't want to miss it; the Geminids are shaping up to be the best meteor shower of 2018.
The Geminid meteor shower is considered to be one of the best displays in the night sky, and this year will peak during the early hours of Friday. The slow-moving showers are usually seen around December every year but they peak around December 13-14 with the maximum intensity during the early hours of December 14 each year.
If this is your first rodeo with viewing meteor showers, Cook has some great advice on how to get the best viewing experience. You can book tickets for the session here. This video shows you the meteors that shot across the skies in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Green fireballs are set to appear in the night sky this week according to NASA.
This particular meteor show is called the Geminids because it seems to radiate from the constellation of Gemini. If there are clear skies over Sarasota, you can expect to see the light show starting between 9-10 p.m.
But when should you look? They typically enter Earth's atmosphere at about 22 miles per second, about half the speed of the Leonid meteors, which soar through the darkness each November. Phaethon is responsible for bringing the spectacular Geminid meteor showers to Earth's atmosphere each December. It has also put out a blog post on how to watch the Geminid meteor shower this year.
Phaethon orbits the sun closer than any other asteroid and takes 1.4 years to orbit it. The best part is that our country is positioned to get the best view as we are in the Northern Hemisphere.
It is possible to see on average two meteors a minute if the sky is dark and cloudless, and you gaze towards where the Geminids originate. The Geminids produce shooting stars in the night sky that will be visible and for the next few nights. The comet will pass very close to Earth around 8 a.m. EST this Sunday, according to Space.com and should be visible to the naked eye.
It is also the last meteor shower of the year, so it does not seem to be a bad idea to plug off your smartphones for a night and witness this wonderful cosmic manifestation.