For many astronomers and hobbyists, the Gemini meteor shower is considered Queen of meteor showers. In expert words NASA, Is “the best annual meteor shower a star can see.” Are considered The most important in the year calendar, And they precede the last urchits of the year.
This meteor shower is one reason why it is highly valued High zenith hourly rate (THC), which refers to the maximum number of calculated meteorites that an optimal observer can see under a perfectly clear sky. In the case of Gemini, they a High value 120 to 150 meteorites / h, More visible (northern probability) in the northern hemisphere (higher probability) than in the southern hemisphere.
This stellar rain will start on December 4th and last till the 20th The highest peak occurs on the night of December 13-14.
The biggest problem this year is the moon, because the maximum peak of meteor shower will occur a few days after our satellite reaches its first quarter phase. Nearly 80% of the luminous moon will undoubtedly make it difficult to observe this landscape., So it’s better to wait for it to disappear after midnight (Here You can find the right time The rising and setting of the moon To different Argentine cities).
In general, the origin of meteor showers is related to comets, but this is not the case with geminites. It was only in 1983 that it was confirmed Its origin came from 3200 pythons with a diameter of 4 or 5 km.. Today the possibility of 3200 pyton being an extinct comet is being considered.
When does meteor shower occur Our planet passes through a ring full of fragments It was separated from this asteroid many centuries ago upon entering the Earth’s atmosphere Will deform due to friction.
The name Gemini came from the meteor shower Gemini appears to be radiating from a point in the galaxy.
How to experience meteor shower?
In addition to this year’s specific advice to wait until the moon sets after midnight, the best thing to do is always a Stay away from big cities to avoid light, As well as Prioritize high places With a good field of vision.
Recommended to see radiation (Gemini galaxy) You can use the guidance of good applications available today, What Celestial map The Stellarium. It should be noted that its care does not require special equipment. Our eyes, patience and luck.