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

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It is a great time to get up, go outside and let the world blow your mind!

But the Geminids which peak Wednesday, Dec. 13 could be fantastic this year. Meteor showers are titled after the position of the radiant, usually a star or constellation close to where they emerge in the night sky.

"With August's Perseids obscured by bright moonlight, the Geminids will be the best shower this year", Bill Cooke, with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, said in a news release.

They're not actually stars, of course, but meteors made of dust and grit that light up as they slam into Earth's atmosphere and disintegrate into fiery streaks.

This pre-Christmas display of celestial fireworks will reach its peak during the long, dark hours from Wednesday night (Dec. 13) into early Thursday morning (Dec. 14), Space.com reports. "The thin, waning crescent moon won't spoil the show".

"Phaethon's nature is debated", said Cooke. This year the astronomers will have the opportunity to analyse Phaethon closely in mid-December as it will make its nearest pass by Earth since it was found. "Something much brighter than a normal meteor shower". In the southern hemisphere, you will have a subdued but still attractive show because Gemini doesn't rise very high above the local horizon. "If you end up in the constellation Gemini, there's a good chance you've seen a Geminid".

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The meteors could appear anywhere in the sky, since the entire planet will be passing through the cloud, Vandernoot said, although the best place to look will be to the northeast.

"The meteor shower activity varies from year to year, and it is often a complicated matter to predict how lovely a shower will be".

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

The best time to see the Geminids will be between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

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