You thought the Super Bloodmoon was the craziest astronomical event of 2015, but the wonders of space will never cease. On Sunday, December 13, the Geminid meteor shower will appear. Click through to watch it all happen through the live stream!
What’s being called “best meteor shower of the year” is happening on Sunday, December 13 around 9:00pm EST. The meteor shower will intensify throughout the night, but you won’t want to miss a single second of the gorgeous phenomenon. That’s why HollywoodLife.com has hooked you up with a live stream of the entire event! Click through and get ready to watch!
The Geminid meteor shower is named thusly because it occurs within the Gemini constellation. This is your claim to fame, May and June babies! It’s not just your typical meteor shower either; an expected 100-150 meteors will appear, entering the atmosphere at 78,000 mph. Woah. CLICK HERE to watch it all unfold via live stream!
Because of the high speed of entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, the meteors will be hurtling around dramatically, a beautiful sight to behold. “The Geminids show up as mostly white and yellow, with perhaps 10 percent of Geminid meteors showing up as red or blue,” Slooh reported.
Though the meteor shower technically began on December 4, according to NASA, the optimal time to view this natural wonder is December 13. The shower can be seen best from the northern hemisphere, though those in the southern hemisphere may be able to catch a good glimpse, too! This year, the moon will be waxing crescent, making conditions optimal for viewing. Lucky us!
So why is this meteor shower happening? Well, it all has to do with asteroid 3200 Phaethon, a three mile-wide rock comet that swings a little too close to the sun every 1.4 years. Intense thermal fracturing causes the comet to crumble, and the resulting debris launches into the orbital stream. Eventually, it all gets sucked into the earth’s upper atmosphere and vaporizes as the beautiful, colorful meteors we have the privilege of viewing tonight!
HollywoodLifers, are you excited to see this mega meteor shower? Tell us in the comments!