Geminids meteor rain held this week


10/12/2012

If you do not have time to admire the poor representation of the night sky, which was given this year’s Leonid meteor shower - do not worry. The most entertaining and brightest of the meteor showers of the year is approaching and should reach its maximum, it is estimated that on the night of Thursday to Friday: it will be the Geminids meteor rain.

The Geminids get their name from the constellation of Gemini (Gemini). In this enchanting night maximum number of bright meteors will appear from the point in the sky, which is located near the star Castor, located in the constellation Gemini, or radiant flux.

Geminids meteor rain is usually the most abundant meteor shower, which by their generosity outshines even the August Perseids. In the Geminid meteors crash into the Earth at a speed of about 35 kilometers per second.

Conditions required for the observation of this meteor shower will be near perfect this year: Moon will be in the phase of the new moon, and the best places to see him become central Russia, China (where the frequency of occurrence of meteors will be up to 120 meteors per hour), Europe, North Africa.


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