Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: What, when and where to watch in India?

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

Those willing to courageous the chilling December cold can witness the spectacular light show simply by finding a spot from where the sky is visible clearly; no extra equipment needed.

The Geminid meteor shower occurs as Earth moves through the debris shed from asteroid 3200 Phaethon as it orbits the sun.

For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the show, it's set to be most visible in Dubai's skies on the night of Friday December 14. Moving at about 79,000 miles per hour, the Geminids can look as bright as planet Venus, according to USA Today. According to Rodgers, the Geminids appear to radiate out of one point out of the constellation Gemini (hence the name Geminids).

As the night will be chilly one, with Berkeley expecting to reach a low of 49 degrees, meteor watchers are encouraged to dress accordingly.

For those in areas with low light pollution, no smog and clear skies, the Geminids are visible to the naked eye, with no specialist equipment needed. When this happens, we can see more meteors than on average night. You can use the Dark Site Finder app to find the darkest place nearby.

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For those who can't make it outside to view the meteors as they fall Thursday night and Friday morning there are some people who are planning to live stream the event. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness - without looking at your phone - so meteors are easier to spot.

The doodle, while not animated, is a super-adorable slideshow that depicts the evolution of the Geminid meteor shower from its parent body, the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, to the unbelievable celestial event we know today. They set out to figure out where it came from, but it took more than a century until Phaethon was discovered.

According to NASA, scientists do not wholly agree on the nature of the object and think it to be either a near-Earth asteroid or an extinct comet.

The rocks in space that are about to collide with Earth's atmosphere are called meteoroids and the ones that do break through Earth's atmosphere are called meteors. The annual Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak this week!

"I've often said they resemble "celestial field mice" as they scurry across the sky, producing good numbers of bright, graceful, yellowish-white meteors and fireballs", wrote Joe Rao of Space.com.

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