Today’s Google Doodle celebrates one of the most exciting astronomical events that almost anyone around the world can enjoy for themselves – the Geminid Meteor Shower.
Google has demonstrated this one of the most beautiful celestial event ‘Geminid Meteor Shower’ with 7 extremely great slides on Doodle.
The Geminids produce shooting stars in the night sky that will be visible and for the next few nights. This phenomenon was first recorded in 1862 and causes a show each December.
According to NASA, this will be the last and strongest meteor shower of the year.
What is ‘Geminid Meteor Shower’
Geminid Meteor Shower is caused by a 3-mile wide asteroid. The shower consists of fragments of an unusual asteroid called Phaethon 3200, named after Greek god Apollo’s son, which, in every 523 days, closest to Earth. Due to proximity to the sun, about 6.4 million miles, between December 4 to 16 every year its temperature reaches 800 degrees.
Because of its fast movement, one of these substances has emerged which shows the sky fireworks (Meteor Shower).
Generally, all asteroid is made of ice, dust, and stone, but Geminid Asteroid is made of stone and metal.
When and how to watch it
This Meteor Shower clearly visible between December 13 and December 14, can be seen without a telescope and Binoculars to the naked eye from earth at 9 o’clock tonight. This Geminid will pass through the sky at 78,000 miles per hour. At 12 o’clock at night, it will be at its peak and during this time 120 meteors will be visible every hour.
This gorgeous view is not less than any great fireworks. However, there is no danger to this and people can enjoy this view without fear.
Although the Geminid shower is known for its “shooting stars,” the number of meteors visible depends on the time and how dark it is. There will be fewer of them earlier in the evening, but the shower should hit a maximum of about 100 per hour around 2 a.m., NASA said.
From where to watch it
You have to go to the open place to enjoy this beautiful scene. To see the shower hope for a clear sky, visit a place with as less light pollution as possible.
The Geminid meteor shower is better visible from the Northern Hemisphere, however, sky watchers from the Southern Hemisphere will be able to watch the shower.
Don’t miss it guys…