Get ready to spot some shooting stars! The Geminids meteor shower, known as one of the best of the year, is happening this month and it’ll be especially visible in Canada’s skies.
The Geminids shower will begin this Friday, December 3rd but won’t hit its peak until the night of December 13th and 14th. According to EarthSky, the Geminids favours the Northern Hemisphere, so we’ll be treated to some of the best views of this annual display here in Canada.
This shower will be “bold, white and quick,” EarthSky says. The radiant point is at around 2 a.m., which is when the Gemini constellation will be at its highest point in the sky, making it the optimal time to see the Geminids. The higher the constellation climbs, the better the show will be.
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One expert told CTV News that the Geminids are known for having more meteors per hour than any others throughout the year, with anywhere from 50 to 150 per hour.
According to EarthSky, there are a few ways you can ensure that you get the best possible view of the meteor shower. The most important things are time and place — dark, open areas at 2 a.m. or later.
Once you’re settled into your star-gazing spot, you’ll want to stay for at least an hour to give your eyes a chance to fully adjust to the darkness. No special equipment is needed, just warm clothing and a comfortable spot to lay down. The meteors will be visible in all areas of the sky.
If you don’t want to stay up late, you could try to spot the rare earthgrazer meteor in the early evenings, with the Gemini sitting close to the horizon. The earthgrazer is described as a slow, long-lasting meteor that moves horizontally. Though rarely seen, it’s definitely still possible to catch a glimpse.