One of the last astronomical events of 2021, the Geminid meteor showers produced beautiful images of the sky. This phenomenon peaked from 2 am (GMT) onwards in the early hours of yesterday morning and today.
Geminidias is one of the most awaited meteor showers on the ephemeris due to its ability to be observed with the naked eye in both the northern and southern hemispheres, making this phenomenon a fascinating sight and a great opportunity for stunning sky records.
On a dark night with favorable weather with little to no clouds, according to NASA, an estimate of 50 meteors can be observed per hour at a speed of 30 kilometers per second.
Also, according to the US space agency, in 2021, the moon was 80% full at the height of Gemini, making the ideal condition for rain monitoring impossible. Despite this, beautiful photos of the phenomenon have been recorded.
What is Geminid?
The Geminid meteorite is the result of debris from a celestial body known as “3200 Phaethon”, the origin of which has not yet been calmed.
While a stream in astronomy treats it as an extinct comet due to the observation that some material is leaving the surface of Phaethon, another line of thought considers the body an asteroid because of its orbit and its similarity to the Pallas main belt asteroid.
A feature of the Geminids is that observers of the Southern Hemisphere have a flaw in their observation, because as rain in this hemisphere moves toward the South Pole, so does the rise of the geminids – the celestial point in the sky where meteors seem to originate. It drops and falls above the horizon, making southern observers able to see even lower.
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