- Geminids 2018: Why Geminid Meteor Shower Will Be DIFFERENT And More SPECTACULAR Than Ever
by AMALIE HENDEN, https://www.express.co.uk/
THE Geminids is one of the most dependable meteor showers in the world and is due to peak tonight, giving eager stargazers a chance to watch a spectacular show unfold in the night sky. But why is the Geminid shower different this year?
The 2018 Geminids will be visible for eager skywatchers tonight, with its peak time expected in the early hours of Friday, December 14. But unlike other meteor displays, the Geminid meteor shower run throughout the night so you will be able to watch the falling stars from sunset on Thursday night. The Geminids will be the last of 2018’s major showers and is expected to put on its best show ever.
Why is the Geminid shower different and more spectacular this year?
The Geminids is expected to be more spectacular in 2018 than previous years because it is thought the meteor shower intensifies every year. NASA astronomer Bill Cooke told USA Today the Geminid meteor shower used to peak at just 30 meteors per hour. But Jupiter’s gravity has brought the shower closer to our planet, increasing the rate of shooting stars with up to 100 meteors per hour.
The Geminid meteor shower will be visible all over the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere down to where it remains light around the clock.