Geminid Meteor Shower Displays Spectacular Celestial Extravaganza

December 14th, 2010 - 8:22 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
geminid-shower-lead-in-2010_30273_600x450Dec 14, (THAINDIAN NEWS) December has been one of the best times for the sky watchers. Last night probably offered the most delighting moments to them. Sky watchers all over the world were indulged in peeping into the sky to have a glimpse Geminid meteor shower, that continued till 6:00 a.m.

This time it was the turn of the Gemini Constellation to display the spectacular the striptease of its meteors. About 50 to 120 meteors illuminated the sky with its vivacious radiance every hour. All those who are lucky enough to lead a clam life away from the polluted cities, probably felt even luckier, with the chilled winter sky right above their head, getting adorned with the bright meteors. However, this meteor shower was a little bit different in nature. It generated from the tails of a comet, which were produced by rocky celestial leftovers. Although this meteor shower started from December 13, peak of the annual Geminid meteor shower reached last night. This celestial extravaganza may be called the major meteor shower of 2010. It started with about twenty meteor shower per hour, during the sunset and it increased to more than 100 showers during the peak hours that lasted through out the midnight till the dawn. The views were less visible in the populated areas, maligned with huge sky scrappers and pollution, but they were intensely perceived in the country sides.

However, if one has missed this annual event, then NASA has a surprise in store. They would be uploading a video of Geminid meteor shower in their website. This video has been filmed by Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alaska.

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