Sensi Buzz: The Geminid Meteor Shower
Dec 02, 2017 01:09PM
Making its circuit roughly every year and a half, the Geminid Meteor Shower will swing around once again this month. Although most meteor showers follow orbiting comets, the Geminid follows the 3200 Phaethon asteroid, a giant chunk of rock tumbling through space. Beginning December 4 and ending sometime around December 16, the Geminid Meteor Shower will transform the night sky into a canvas of dazzling white streaks cutting across the heavenly spheres. The peak time to catch the shower should fall on the night of the 13th, when a waning crescent moon gives way to darker skies. Unlike the great total eclipse months ago, the Geminid Meteor Shower can be seen from anywhere on the earth. Your best bet, however, is to face south to catch the highest density of descending sparks. Dress warm, pack a snack, and fish out your list of wishes for this stellar interstellar event.