Geminids this Wednesday 'could be a really dynamite show'

Stargazers and meteorologists alike are all looking forward to Wednesday night's Geminid meteor shower- and astronomers say this year's shower will be a sight to behold

The observatory at the Telus World of Science will be open for people wishing to view the Geminid shower on Wednesday and Thursday from 7 p.m.to 10 p.m., weather permitting.

The best meteor shower of the year - annual Geminid - will be at its peak on the night of December 13 and 14, NASA has announced.

The meteor shower will be visible from all over the country, but observation points not affected by lighting from buildings are recommended for the best possible viewing conditions. A helpful tip from Sky and Telescope Magazine: you don't need to focus on, or even find, the radiant of a meteor shower in order to see them. Then, give your eyes some time to adjust to the dark and start scanning the skies.

But the best view will be away from city lights.

"Though the meteors tend to originate from the Gemini constellation, they can be observed from most parts of the sky".

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Add meteors Geminids especially good, because different white color and are very bright. Generally the meteor shower associated with 3200 Phaethon, a 5.1 km piece of rock, peaks around second week of December and some astronomers believe the asteroid may have undergone a collision with another object in the distant past to produce the stream of particles that Earth runs into - creating the meteor shower.

But before it zooms past Earth, its debris will plunge into our atmosphere and explode as shooting stars.

The Geminid meteor shower began almost 200 years ago, scientists speculate, when asteroid 3200 Phaethon collided with another object to produce a steady stream of particles.

Researcher Pål Brekke told the broadcaster that the origins of 3200 Phaethon are unknown, but that many consider it to be an extinct comet that has lost its ice and frozen gases after passing close to the sun many times. As a bonus this year, cosmologists will have a chance to examine Phaethon up close in mid-December, when it crosses adjacent to Earth since its discovery in 1983.

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