Sunday, July 14, 2024

Nature’s Fireworks: The Geminids Meteor Shower

The Geminids meteor shower, which we can metaphorically term as “nature’s fireworks” is a pleasant sight to behold in the sky. The best time to see Geminids in the sky is tonight, but they can be seen in the sky from December 4 to December 17 in Nepali skies.

The Observation

The B.P. Koirala Memorial Planetarium, Observatory, and Science Museum’s executive director, Dr. Sanat Kumar Sharma, stated that if the sky is clear, one can observe meteors from any location. He claims that it is visible with the naked eye from anywhere. 

Geminids Meteor Shower
Geminids Meteor Shower

About the Geminids

Comets are the source of most meteor showers. But the source of the Geminids is the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, which orbits the sun. In any case, the remnants of comets and asteroids collide with Earth’s atmosphere and produce a spectacular display when Earth passes through them. 

Astrologers have dubbed this meteor shower as the “Geminids.” They named this nature’s fireworks the Geminids meteor shower because it appears to have originated from the Gemini horoscope.

Advice from NASA

Since meteors do not travel in a straight line, NASA advises viewers to scan the entire sky. The Associated Press reports that, weather permitting, between 60 and 120 meteors are expected to occur every hour at the peak.

Bill Cooke, a NASA meteoroid expert, expressed his admiration for the Geminids’ greenish hue as they streak across the sky and explode. The majority of meteors appear white or colorless. This depends on the elements in their composition. Typically, oxygen, magnesium, and nickel are the sources of green.

Did you watch/are you watching the Geminids Meteor Shower?

Yes, it is beautiful.

Not interested in watching it.

It is not clearly visible.

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