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Geminid meteor shower 2018: How to watch shooting stars in United Kingdom tonight

14 December 2018

Eyes to the skies, the Geminids meteor is set to streak across Dubai's skies this Friday...

"Don't miss out on one of the most prolific and reliable meteor showers of the year!"

With hundreds of meteors streaking across the night sky, the Geminids are often the best meteor shower of the year.

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The Geminid meteor shower of 2018 would be best visible in the deserts and mountains of Northern India on December 13-14, 2018, experts say. Phaethon's debris trail should become visible after 9 pm on December 13, peaking after midnight with as many as 120 meteors per hour.

Those willing to fearless the chilling December cold can witness the spectacular light show simply by finding a spot from where the sky is visible clearly; no extra equipment needed. You can book tickets for the session here. "From the Southern Hemisphere, observers should see fewer but still plenty of medium-speed meteors once Gemini rises above the horizon after midnight local time". In this case, Geminid meteors have originated from 3200 Phaethon, a rocky asteroid. You will soon start to see Geminid meteors.

When viewing the meteor shower, Filippenko recommends observing for at least half an hour, though preferably an hour or longer, to accommodate for the time it takes for people's eyes to adjust to the darkness. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up.

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First discovered via satellite data 35 years ago, an asteroid called "3200 Phaethon" is responsible for bringing the spectacular Geminids meteor showers to Earth's atmosphere each December. But they actually are thought to come from 3200 Phaethon, a space rock that shares characteristics similar to both a comet and an asteroid.

And even though the Perseids meteor shower in August is better known, astronomers agree that you won't experience a more brilliant display of starlight than the Geminids. According to Rodgers, the Geminids appear to radiate out of one point out of the constellation Gemini (hence the name Geminids). That will be Comet 46P/Wirtanen which will be making its closest approach to Earth (7 million miles) for the next 20 years!

It is also the last meteor shower of the year, so it does not seem to be a bad idea to plug off your smartphones for a night and witness this incredible cosmic manifestation.

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Geminid meteor shower 2018: How to watch shooting stars in United Kingdom tonight