Meteor shower to light up sky

The year's most spectacular meteor shower is this weekend

In another 24 hours, the world will start witnessing the much-anticipated Geminid meteor shower dazzling through the sky.

Stargazers and others willing to courageous the cold Thursday and Friday nights are in for a cosmic treat: the Geminid meteor shower is coming.

Geminid Meteor Shower will be visible from across the globe, including both Northern Hemisphere of the Earth This means, people in India will also be able to view the meteor shower.

The shower peaks in the early morning hours Thursday and Friday, as Earth crosses the debris trail of the comet 3200 Phaethon.

You should start to see the Geminid meteors appear, their rate will increase hitting their peak at around or around 100 per hour around 2am Thought this number is reflective only of someone watching from the ideal position under totally cloudless skies.

Here's one great option: the Dubai Astronomy Group will be holding a special public event on Friday evening at Al Qudra lakes from 10pm until 4am.

Royal Museums Greenwich, the royal observatory, said: "For the best conditions, you want to find a safe location away from street lights and other sources of light pollution". You can book tickets for the session here.

The green-coloured comet will be at its brightest between December 14 and 18.

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The meteors originate from close to the brightest star in the Gemini constellation known as Castor.

A meteor is the flash of light in the night sky caused when a small chunk of interplanetary debris burns up as it passes through Earth's atmosphere.

The best view of the comet and the meteor shower is likely the central part of the United States. The shower is associated with 3200 Phaethon, an asteroid that is believed to have collided with another object many years ago.

The rocks in space that are about to collide with Earth's atmosphere are called meteoroids and the ones that do break through Earth's atmosphere are called meteors.

"Due to its close approach to the sun, Phaethon is named after the character of Greek myth who drove the sun-god Helios' chariot", NASA said.

Although the Geminid shower is known for its "shooting stars", the number of meteors visible depends on the time and how dark it is.

Early night stargazers should turn their backs to the moon and allow their eyes to adjust to the darkness for about a half hour.

Despite being referred to as a meteor 'shower, ' that is more often than not an overstatement, according to Filippenko.

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