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Geminid Meteor Shower 2018 Google Doodle Marks The Sky Light Show Through Slideshow Best Time to See Meteor Shower

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018 Google Doodle Marks The Sky Light Show Through Slideshow Best Time to See Meteor Shower

There's a cool doubleheader in outer space this week: In addition to the fly-by of comet 46P/Wirtanen over the weekend, the often spectacular Geminid meteor shower will also make its annual appearance Thursday.

The Geminids are created by Earth moving through the particles left behind by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. The best views will come between roughly midnight and 4 a.m., when the area from which the meteors appear to radiate passes almost overhead.

"Don't miss out on one of the most prolific and reliable meteor showers of the year!"

During this meteor shower, meteorologists are forecasting that hundreds of meteors will shoot through the sky - some visible even in the early evening hours.

The FOX 5 Weather Team says the best nights to view the meteor shower will be Thursday into Friday.

As the night will be chilly one, with Berkeley expecting to reach a low of 49 degrees, meteor watchers are encouraged to dress accordingly. Stargazers are encouraged to head over to the darkest spots outside and look up for a show of lights streaming across the sky.

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Several neighbours said they heard the police break in, but the atmosphere Wednesday was unusually calm after the overnight drama. President Emmanuel Macron held a crisis meeting with cabinet officials in Paris shortly after midnight.

Here are a few other tips to improve your chances of spotting the show.

The International Dark Sky Association has certified over 100 International Dark Sky Places around the world. For optimal viewing conditions, get as far away as possible from city lights and face south. Later on, the meteors will present quicker streaks or leave trails of smoke that appear to glow.

"The Geminids will appear to the north-east, just above the horizon in the constellation of Gemini", she said.

In this case, the radiant occurs in Gemini, the twins, hence the name Geminids.

You do not need any equipment to see the Geminids, just a clear dark sky.

If you're in the middle of a major city, you probably won't see anything, according to NASA. "The easiest way to do this is to lie flat on your back, in lounge/lawn chair for example". You might notice a faint, bluish circle. That will be Comet 46P/Wirtanen, which is making its closest approach to Earth - within 7 million miles - for the next 20 years. Guests will be able to observe the meteor shower through telescope observation and the naked eye, as well as taking part in a star decoding session.

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