Wednesday , January 20 2021

Geminid Meteor Shower, Comet to put on shows

Most years, December presents a spectacular light show in the sky, known for astronomy enthusiasts like Geminid Meteor Rain.

This year the heavenly show is set to top night over Thursday and Friday, followed Sunday with a bonus close to the visit of 46P / Wirtanen, the brightest comet seen from Earth this year.

The comet becomes visible to the naked eye when it flies to Sunday. According to Sky & Telescope magazine, it will also be among the 10 closest comedy accesses to Earth since 1950, and the 20th closest approach of a comet dating back to the ninth century.

The comet was first seen in 1948 by the American astronomer Carl Wirtanen from Wisconsin.

While Perseid meteor shower in August is more known, said astronomer Geminid puts a better show with the best view of shooting stars.

Geminid will be visible in both northern and southern hemispheres.

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