Heads up! See Geminids meteor shower this week

Geminids 2017 in pictures: Amazing photos of spectacular meteor shower

A photographer looks at the sky at night to see the annual Geminid meteor shower on the Elva Hill in northern Italy, Dec. 12, 2015. "So it's really nice meteors to see". The peak of the meteor showers will be at 9 Wednesday night.

The collision produced a stream of debris that Earth is crossing this week, and it is the burning up of that material high above us in the earth's atmosphere that creates the shooting stars we see.

"Meteors or "falling stars" can be seen at an average rate of forty (40) meteors per hour under a dark and cloudless sky condition", the agency said in its monthly astronomical calendar.

The shower comes from the constellation Gemini. "It's either a near-Earth asteroid or an extinct comet, sometimes called a rock comet".

"This year, the Geminid meteor shower is predicted to peak on the night of December 13 and the early morning of December 14". Some might be random background meteors, and some might be from weaker, active showers. The Geminids are associated with an asteroid called the 3200 Phaethon.

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The shower is predicted to be at its maximum at around 2 am on December 14, when the Gemini constellation will be nearly overhead and the number of meteors can reach up to 120 per hour, he said.

In addition to the Geminid meteor shower, several attractive pairings of the crescent moon with the planets Jupiter and Mars can also be viewed on the morning of Dec-ember 15 at around 4am, stated the group.

For best view, one can hit the hilly dark areas.

At the Regional Observatory and Planetarium in Nakhon Ratchasima activities start at 5pm and visitors will be able to observe other celestial objects through telescopes before the meteor shower.

The meteors' bright streaks of light will be visible to the naked eye and hence binoculars and telescope are not needed.

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