Geminid meteor shower 2018: How to watch shooting stars in United Kingdom tonight


While we are treated to several meteor showers throughout the year, most pale in comparison to the grand finale - the Geminids.

The Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight under almost ideal conditions. You could see up to 75 meteors an hour!

The Geminid meteor shower will peak Thursday evening, December 13 into Friday morning. Phaethon's debris trail should become visible after 9 pm on December 13, peaking after midnight with as many as 120 meteors per hour.

When viewing the shower with the naked eye it is important to ensure that your eyes have adjusted to the dark. You can book tickets for the session here.

The shower will be clearest across Ireland tonight, but will make its closest approach on December 16- so if you don't catch it tonight, there's time to catch a glimpse during the week. They say the lights should be bright enough to be classified as fireballs.

The Geminid meteors are so called because they seem to originate from the constellation of Gemini.

Meteors are small rocks from space called meteoroids which burn up once they reach the Earth's atmosphere.

The 46P/Wirtnanen comet, which is about 3/4 of a mile long, should move across the sky the morning of December 16, according to NASA, and binoculars or a telescope will help you get a better view. The best showing is slated for 2 a.m., Friday morning, but meteors are possible anytime after sunset. All you need to do is bundle up and head out to a dark area with little cloud cover and an unobstructed view of the sky to see the shooting stars. To be more specific, the meteors will appear to emanate from a spot in the sky near the bright star Castor in Gemini,'s Joe Rao said. Defined as the "best and most reliable" meteor shower of the year by NASA, the spectacular sky show is generated because of an asteroid named 3200 Phaethon. The source of the shower is known to come from the asteroid 3,200 Phaethon that take 1.4 years to orbit the sun. The stream will show last year's meteor shower until Thursday night.

The best way to view the Geminid meteor shower in India is to move away from polluted areas in the cities to lesser polluted areas, and, ideally, with a clear dark sky at night.

Geminid Meteor Shower, an annual celestial event, will peak tonight and can be watched all across the Northern Hemisphere, including India.