Geminids meteor shower to make an appearance this week

Photo Credits: Royal Museum Greenwich website

The Geminid meteor shower is said to be the last meteor shower of the year 2022.

According to a forecast issued by the [RMG] Royal Observatory, the Geminid meteor shower will be at its maximum between the 13th and 14th of December.

Geminids were first observed in 1862. Together with the Quadrantids, the Geminids are the only major meteor showers to not originate from a comet.

The Geminids are thought to be intensifying each year. Unlike other meteor showers, the Geminids are distinctive, mainly appearing white, but some can be yellow, green, red or even blue.

The flow rate is said to be moderate, with a high number of bright fire meteors shooting from the sky for an expected long duration. The Geminids shower is easy to observe and is suitable for both direct observations with the naked eye or using a telescope, and ideal for astrophotography.

Photo Credits: Royal Museum Greenwich website

You will be able to observe the showers from any part of London, but it is best to go to a place with clear weather, away from artificial light, pollution and with a good view.

Unfortunately, the Royal Museum of Greenwich has indicated that in 2022 the waning gibbous Moon will rise at around 21:30 GMT on 13 December and its light may possibly outshine the meteors.

“Hunting for meteors, like the rest of astronomy, is a waiting game.”

From: Royal Museum Greenwich

There are more observations to be found on the Royal Museum Greenwich website, you can visit the page for more information.

Words : Yurui Zhao | Subbing : Andreea Bejan

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