Why the Geminids Are the Best Meteor Shower of 2017

If you have a telescope you could be in for a treat this year and catch a glimpse of the "rock-comet" 3200 Phaethon as it whizzes past us.

Meteors showers get their name from the constellations they radiate from.

"Phaethon has to be swinging inwards towards the Sun just as Earth is in the right place to cross [under] its orbit", Dr Horner said. "Much of the shower will tend to come from the east as the Earth rotates into the debris train of the asteroid Phaethon".

The Geminid meteor shower is caused when Earth passes through the dust of a stream of debris left by an asteroid.

In 2016, the luminous glow of a full moon obscured the zippy Geminids, but this year the moon is in its crescent phase, a slender slice of light in the sky that shouldn't interrupt the show.

I try not to hype up every meteor shower, because they aren't all good. Still, they produce a handsome light show called meteor showers when they heat up the air around them.

According to Sky and Telescope, the Geminids are only behind August's Perseids when it comes to fireballs.

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Experts recommend finding a viewing area well away from city or street lights.

"Depending on the time you observe and local light pollution, counts will vary", King said.

"Stay warm and have a deck chair handy". "Alcohol interferes with the eye's dark adaption as well as the visual perception of events", according to Astronomy.com. Wind chills will be below freezing in most locations.

Up to 120 meteors per hour could be visible during peak periods of the annual space show.

The peak of the meteor showers will be at 9 p.m Wednesday night. Observers in the Southern Hemisphere can still enjoy the Geminids meteor shower.

Since being discovered in the mid-1880s, the geminids have grown from 10 to 20 meteors an hour to upwards of 100. And the show has only gotten better since then, as Jupiter's gravity has pulled the particles closer to Earth.

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