October 2, 2022

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Can we spot more than 100 meteors an hour tonight?  |  science and planet

Can we spot more than 100 meteors an hour tonight? | science and planet

The end of the year means a sight in the sky. Not only thanks to the fireworks, but also because of the second largest meteor of the year: The Geminids. Tonight at its peak, there are as many as 120 meteors per hour. But will we see them shine in the night sky?




Tonight is the time to make a wish for the new year. For the Gemini meteor shower visit us as is the annual custom. This swarm is the second largest of the year with over 100 meteors per hour at its peak. As space debris travels through our atmosphere at 125,000 kilometers per hour, it creates short, bright yellow trails. The meteorites owe their name to the constellation from which they seem to come: the twins (Gemini).

The peak of Geminids is very short compared to other swarms. They last less than 24 hours, so searching a day before or a day later is not an option. At night from Tuesday to Wednesday, you can only spot 29 meteors per hour. Often the crest also falls at an unfavorable moment and we miss the swarm. But not this year. The best time to observe meteors is around 3:45 a.m. above the southwest horizon tonight. The moon is below, making the sky dark. As a result, about 100 meteors per hour will be visible. Using meteors from other swarms of bees, you can detect up to 120 bright stars per hour. Provided the weather is good, of course.

Unfortunately, this year’s weather is throwing a wrench in the works. Clouds will increase at night and light rain will also begin. This means that the chance of seeing a meteor is slim. Unless you’re lucky and things will become clear on a regional level.

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