Where to watch the Geminid
Meteor Shower 2017 for the best views in the UK
The annual Geminid
meteor shower lit up the night sky this year as more than 250 meteors were caught on camera.
Observable meteors or 'falling stars' in the Geminids
shower can reach an average rate of 40 per hour under a dark and cloudless sky.
meteor shower takes place every December as the Earth passes through a debris trail from 3200 Phaethon.
meteors are thought to have originated from an asteroid named 3200 Phaethon that may have collided with another object several hundreds of years ago.
Some of the brightest meteors I've seen have been Geminids
are considered to be one of the more spectacular meteor shower during a year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak.
The Dubai Astronomy Group will be holding a stargazing camp at Al Qudra on Thursday December 14, where space enthusiasts can catch the Geminid
meteor shower from 10pm to 4am.
meteor shower 2017: How to watch it, when is it and more
13-14) ALL NIGHT: The Geminids
, one of the most prolific meteor showers of the year, are visible from December 4-16, but peak on the night of December 13-14 (see p.
December 13 and 14 - The Geminids
THE month of December is good for meteor shower watchers, with the Geminids
gracing the skies, peaking around December 13 and 14, before the Ursids take place soon after.
For instance, the Perseid shower in August radiates from a point in northern Perseus; the Leonids in November issue from northwestern Leo; and the Geminids
in December emanate from northeastern Gemini.
are one of the most active regular showers.
Astronomy Ireland is urging the public to count how many Geminids
they see every 15 minutes and email them to www.
perform excellently as a rule, under bright, crisp, clear winter skies.