Meteor, meteor swarm | The peak of the meteor shower occurred Thursday evening

Meteor, meteor swarm |  The peak of the meteor shower occurred Thursday evening

– Meteors can be seen with the naked eye, not with binoculars or a telescope. It is preferable to find an area with a wide view of the sky and a distance away from strong light sources. Read the advice Himmelkalenderen.com.

It is easier said than done when cloudy weather is reported over large parts of the country.

According to the website, the Geminids are one of the most spectacular and reliable annual meteor showers. It can be seen from all over the country if the weather cooperates.

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From 20:00 on Thursday

Based on data from the International Meteor Organization, maximum activity this year is expected to occur at 8 pm on Thursday, but will continue for about a day. Maybe there will be a gap in the cloud layer so you can catch a glimpse of what’s happening in the sky.

The sudden streaks of light are caused by tiny cosmic particles, usually comet dust, entering Earth’s atmosphere at tremendous speed, compressing and thus heating the air in front of the celestial particles. Both particles and air glow, which is what we see as meteorites.

Meteor swarms are named after the constellation from which the meteors appear to radiate – the so-called swarm radiation. You don’t have to squint in the direction of the radiation yet, as streaks of light can be seen across most of the sky.

Geminids first appeared in 1862, while 3200 Phaethon, the 5-kilometre-diameter rock that is the source of the swarm, was only discovered in 1983.

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