Geminid Meteor Shower 2017 - best places to watch the extravaganza in India!

Geminids 2017: How to see New Zealand's best meteor shower of the year

On a typical night, you might expect to see a handful of meteors per hour-anywhere from two to 16, according to the American Meteor Society, depending on the time of day and year.

But those of you who can bundle up and courageous the cold - and if the skies are clear - it will be possible to see upwards of 120 "shooting stars" an hour, as they bolt across the sky at a blazing 35 km per second. Perhaps you've already seen a bright meteor flare over the December sky?

He said, "And those that streak through the atmosphere are called meteors".

A waning crescent moon will preside over the Geminids, casting insufficient light to blot out the show.

The most meteors will be visible from midnight to 4 a.m. on Thursday, when the radiant is highest in the sky. Generally, the Geminids are known to almost 1-2 meteors per minute on dark, moonless nights.

What is the Geminid meteor shower?

"This unbelievable meteor shower is happening as the Earth passes through a cloud of dust left behind by an ancient asteroid". It will peak around 2am, when the sky is darkest.

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Things do improve in the early hours of the morning which could mean that you have a ideal window within which to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon without getting completely soaked.

Make sure you've chosen a dark area to stand which is well away from the glare of city lights.

Wherever you go, Ingram suggests giving your eyes 30 minutes or so to adjust to darkness, and bundling up to stay warm.

People across the city and elsewhere in the country will get an incredible opportunity to witness a meteor shower display on Wednesday night.

If you want to wish upon a star, you may just get your wish ... this week. Rather than look directly at Gemini, which will limit your view to meteors that don't travel far, look around the constellation to see meteors with longer tails.

Over time it has become more intense, with up to 20 comets per hour reported in the 1920s, rising to 50 in the 1930s, 60 in the 1940s and 80 in the 1970s.

"It really, I think, is becoming the best of the periodic annual meteor showers", Chester said.

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