Meteor shower to fly across Norway's skies

12 December, 2017, 18:48 | Author: Grady Montgomery
  • Meteor shower to fly across Norway's skies

"They are not a very speedy meteor and, because they are not travelling as swiftly through the Earth's atmosphere, these ones can take on a bit of a yellowish or orangey glow to them", Florian said.

"The Geminids first appeared in 1862, while 3200 Phaethon, the source of the shower, was discovered as recently as 1983", Brekke said.

When can I see the Geminid meteor shower?

The American Meteor Society stated that on the peak night of December 13 and 14 between the hours of 1:00 and 2:00am local standard time (LST), an observer located in mid-northern latitudes under clear skies has the opportunity to view at least 75 Geminid meteors and those living in rural areas can watch more than hundreds of these meteors. "The darker the night sky, the better", he added.




The meteor shower will be visible from all over the country, but observation points not affected by lighting from buildings are recommended for the best possible viewing conditions. With a thin crescent moon, moonlight won't be much of a problem especially with it's late rise over Jacksonville at 3:53 a.m.

Eliot Herman is Tucson, Arizona has been working all year to compile a series of images of every major meteor shower in 2017.

"By morning, (the meteors) will seem to be raining down on you". NASA suggests that any night you head out to catch a meteor shower, that you get away from light pollution, so if you're in a city head to the suburbs. Give your eyes time to adjust to the dark. "The shower will start at around 10 pm on December 13 when the Gemini constellation will be visible in the north-eastern sky, a little above and right of the familiar Orion constellation", Duari said. Expect around 20 to 60 per hour.

Florian said a meteor is a piece of material left behind a comet or, in the case of the Geminid shower, asteroid-comet 3200 Phaethon.

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