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Geminid Meteor Shower and Comet 46P Dazzle Skywatchers (Photos)

Geminid meteorbrunnen from 2018 has lived up to its reputation as being the year's most spectacular meteor shower and skywatchers around the world have captured some amazing views of the heavenly fireworks. During the meteor shower peak on December 13-12, skywatchers could watch up to 100 meteors per hour, as weather permits. Astrophotographers stopped up to dawn to capture "shooting stars" and bright fireballs or little pieces of spacecraft that burn in the atmosphere as they fall into the ground. These are fragments of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Every year in December, the planet Earth passes through the asteroid's traces of dust and debris, and the Geminid meteors rain on the ground for a few weeks. To put on the icing on the cake, heaven watchers had the opportunity to see a light green meteor on the night sky. Kamma 46P / Wirtanen has been visible to the naked eye throughout the month, and it was by its brightest when it swung on the ground on Sunday (December 15). In the image above, by the Shreenivasan Manievannan at a lighthouse in California, the cosmic "photobombber" is one of the brightest objects in the sky. [Awesome Photos! The Geminid Meteor Shower of 2018 in Pictures] "I've always been obsessed with the Perseids, which is a much better visual experience with long-lived trails and slow, light green meteors," told Space.com Manievannan. "But the Gemini did not disappoint, especially considering I was out one day before the actual peak night and given the…

Geminid meteorbrunnen from 2018 has lived up to its reputation as being the year’s most spectacular meteor shower and skywatchers around the world have captured some amazing views of the heavenly fireworks.

During the meteor shower peak on December 13-12, skywatchers could watch up to 100 meteors per hour, as weather permits. Astrophotographers stopped up to dawn to capture “shooting stars” and bright fireballs or little pieces of spacecraft that burn in the atmosphere as they fall into the ground. These are fragments of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Every year in December, the planet Earth passes through the asteroid’s traces of dust and debris, and the Geminid meteors rain on the ground for a few weeks.

To put on the icing on the cake, heaven watchers had the opportunity to see a light green meteor on the night sky. Kamma 46P / Wirtanen has been visible to the naked eye throughout the month, and it was by its brightest when it swung on the ground on Sunday (December 15). In the image above, by the Shreenivasan Manievannan at a lighthouse in California, the cosmic “photobombber” is one of the brightest objects in the sky. [Awesome Photos! The Geminid Meteor Shower of 2018 in Pictures]

“I’ve always been obsessed with the Perseids, which is a much better visual experience with long-lived trails and slow, light green meteors,” told Space.com Manievannan. “But the Gemini did not disappoint, especially considering I was out one day before the actual peak night and given the cloudy weather forecast across California. As a bonus, I saw the green fuzzy point on the right, which is the current brightest Comet in Heaven, 46P. “

A Geminid Meteor and Comet 46P / Wirtanen star in this view of the night sky. Photographer José Zarcos Palma captured this photo from the São Domingos mine in Alentejo, Portugal, December 13, 2018.

Credit: José Zarcos Palma

In Portugal, astrologer José Zarcos Palma caught a Geminid meteor along with Comet 46 / Wirtanen, both shining behind the silhouette of a holm branch. But that’s not all! Palma’s photo also shows Pleiades star clusters (above the tree branch) and the light-colored star Aldebaran forms an almost even-sided triangle with the Pleiades and Comets.

Gemini Meteors rain down at Lake Corpus Christi State Park in Mathis, Texas, in this stacked image captured by the astrologer Sergio Garcia Rill the dec. 14, 2018.

Credit: Sergio Garcia Rill

Dozens of metinor can be seen in a composite image of astrologer Sergio Garcia Rill (above). Rill photographed meteor shower from Lake Corpus Christi State Park in Mathis, Texas. He programmed his camera to take a photo every 10 seconds for 3 hours and combined all the meteors he caught in a frame, creating a picture that looks like meteor shower literally showers a shower gauge all over the sky.

A Geminid Fireball blazes through the sky over a campfire on the Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland during Geminid Meteor Rain. Astro photographer Jeff Berkes snapped this photo on December 14, 2018, at 2:30 AM local time.

Credit: Jeff Berkes / Instagram / Facebook

While shooting some “shooting stars” from Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland, astrologer Jeff Berkes caught a brilliant fireball over his campsite at 02:30 local time.

“I had just put my camera to hopefully catch a reflection of a meteor in the ocean and planned to leave my camera shooting for at least 2 hours, told Berkes Space.com.” I put the camera down and hit the trigger, 4 seconds later, this bright fireball came down and left a reflection in the water. It was indeed the brightest Geminid I saw over my three-night stay. “

Astro photographer Jeff Berkes captured this photo of a Geminid meteor over the Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland on December 14, 2018 at 5 o’clock local time.

Credit: Jeff Berkes / Instagram / Facebook

A few hours later, Berkes caught another fireball. if the green spot at the tail of the meteor looks very much like the light green shine of the Comet 46P / Wirtanen, it actually comes from the meteor. “This meteor exploded five times on the way in and the last” POP “was a light green seen at the end of the track” told Berkes Space.com.

Although Geminid Meteor Rain is over, you can still see Comet 46P / Wirtanen in the night sky for the rest of the year. And you do not have to wait l nge for the next meteor shower. Urban meteor shower – but not as spectacular as the Geminids – is expected to be topped on 21-22 December. Producing less than 10 meteors per hour, the offspring is probably not a good reason to stay all night, especially because the full moon is likely to brag the weaker meteors.

Email Hanneke Weitering at [email protected] or follow her @hannekescience . Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook. Original article on Space.com.

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