Geminid Meteor Shower to be active tonight

Geminids 2017 Met Office meteor shower forecast

GETTY MET OFFICEGeminids 2017 The Met Office has warned parts of the UK could lose visibility to clouds and rain

What a nice way to end such a confusing and insane twelve months. He also recommends you bring a lawn chair that reclines all the way back - or lie on a blanket - so you can see as much of the sky at one time as possible.

The Geminids meteor shower has been caused by the 3200 Phaethon asteroid which had made a narrow pass by near the earth on December 10.

Skies in New Hampshire are expected to be partly cloudy Wednesday night, with a system passing to the south. Thursday night's skies will be mostly clear.

The shower reached its zenith between midnight and dawn - a daunting prospect for those who wanted to catch a glimpse of it in the wild.

The Phaethon's very nature has been debated by the scientists as it has properties of an asteroid and that of an extinct comet known as rock comet. When Phaethon 3200 gets close to the sun, it sheds its material and is heated to about 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit.

You don't have to find the constellation but it can be fun to look for it.

Geminids 2017 Met Office cloud cover forecast
MET OFFICEGeminids 2017 The Met Office forecasts some cloud cover through Thursday December 14

But if you are a constellation aficionado, don't focus mainly on the Gemini constellation.

After 4 am, the moon will brighten the sky for rural observers while those in urban areas will have the best view if they watch from an area without streetlights.

And get excited! NASA says the shower this year will surely be one not to miss. Also make sure to dress warmly. If that's not an option for you, don't sweat it!

Here's what you're seeing, and how to watch.

Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office said, "When you see a meteor, try to trace it backwards". The agency is streaming the meteor shower tonight, broadcasting from the Automated Lunar and Meteor Observatory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0 will broadcast it through its remote-controlled robotic telescope. They are typically bright and easy to spot without telescopes or binoculars; these meteors can be seen with the naked eye under clear, dark skies over most of the world.


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