Just before Christmas, Earth is closely linked to a comet that is set to become the richest comet of the year.
A "Comet Christmas" cover, Comet 46P / Wirtanen will be copied; licensed permission of Land on December 16, according to NASA. It will be at the nearest distance to Earth in more than four centuries.
But you do not even wait until the 16th to check the Christmas comet, a member of the Jupiter of comets family. 46P / Wirtanen is clear enough to see the flexible eye above the eastern festival a month, and it is even better with telescope or restaurants.
And the benefits of a fortune are very lucky: the comet is not the only clear sight that crackers the air this month. Geminids's best meteor shower, 2018, is high on the night of December 13 (and the morning of December 14). At the highest level, almost 100 meteors per hour overflow the air in a very good light show.
The Geminids are active every December, when the Earth runs through a large way of dusty debris shed with a strange, rocky thing that has 3200 Phaethon. The dust and the screw will burn up when they go; going into Earth's atmosphere in a series of "shooting stars," NASA put on her; Watch the Skies blog.
How can you see the meteor shower?
The first First Quarter Moon will be a & # 39; situation around 10:30 p.m. local time, so wait until you go out, NASA is advising. The moonlight will burn out the faster, meteors that are full. Get the darkest place you can, and take your eyes about 30 minutes to suit the dark. If you can, try to avoid deleting your phone, as it will hit your night vision.
As the night goes on, the Geminid's level will go to; Increase, and apply a theory of about 100 hours around 2 a.m.
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