Geminid Meteor Shower to be clearly visible above British skies | December 13 2014

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Meteor fans, if you can find a clear bit of sky on Saturday night then you need to lookout for shooting stars from the Geminid meteor shower. Onlookers will be in for a treat as the meteors will illuminate the skies in a range of colours such as blue, yellow, red and white.

NASA has run a big promotion billing this whole week as "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year for spotting a Geminid Meteor" and Saturday night will see the peak of Geminid activity. This means that there will be an estimated 100 to 120 meteors visible from Earth every hour until things cool down again around Monday.

The display will be visible in the sky almost directly overhead when you look up in the region of the Gemini constellation, as the name suggests. The debris is known to have originated from an extinct comet by the name of 3200 Phaethon which broke up long ago.

Each and every year around this time, Earth makes its's way through the dust leftover from 3200 Phaethon as it burns up in our atmosphere. British forecasters are predicting perfect conditions for viewing just so long as clouds don't spoil the party for everybody.

If you are serious about seeing as many shooting stars as you can then it will be best to stay up into the wee hours of the evening as the shower is set to be at its' most spectacular around 2am British time. For the best viewing conditions, find a lowly illuminated area which is well away from city lights and you will really be able to experience the magic of this meteor shower.

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