Every year in mid-December, the meteor shower Geminids will reach its maximum activity with around 120 meteors per hour.
From December 4 to 17, Earth will pass through a cloud of cosmic debris from the asteroid Phaethon . Following an unusual orbit, Phaethon will pass close to the sun, which will increase its temperature and cause a release of dust and gravel.
Earth will be so close to the orbit of this comet, much of the debris will be in Earth's atmosphere. Originating from the constellation of Gemini, these meteorites are called Geminids.
Its peak will take place on the night of December 13 to 14, between midnight and 2 am , when the Earth will pass through the densest part of this trail of cosmic debris. Theoretically, when the peak activity peak, the Geminids unfurl in the sky, between 120 to 160 meteors per hour.
However, it seems that this year we could only see the brightest, some ten per hour, because of the glare of the full moon . Fortunately, the merger of the Geminids in our atmosphere will give them all the same a very bright light.
The good news is that the Geminids are so brilliant that they will be observable from anywhere and you do not have to set a specific point in the sky . Give twenty minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark and of course, it is best to avoid urban areas and pollution to witness this cosmic spectacle.
See you on the night of December 13 to 14 to attend the Geminids!