Despite how shambolic this year has been from start to finish, it is seemingly set to go out in style with the "best meteor shower of 2020."
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Evidently, 2020 wants to finally give us something to enjoy.
via: GettyThere's no denying that this year has been nothing short of disastrous, with many of us very keen to be truly shut of it in a couple of weeks. But, with the up and coming meteor shower, it may just redeem itself...
But, first thing's first...
via: GettyWhat exactly is a meteor shower?
Meteors are actually leftover particles of comet dust.
via: GettyAnd they're often referred to as "shooting stars" because of the strikingly dazzling mark they leave in our skies.
The dust and debris "light up" when they hit our earth's atmosphere.
via: GettyAnd that's how we're able to see them from such a vast distance.
But, out of all the different types of meteor showers...
via: GettyThe Geminid showers certainly reign supreme.
Geminid showers are known for their brightness and their color...
via: GettyWith them often glowing yellow, blue, and green.
And, amazingly, you could be set to see them very soon!Yep, the Geminid season is officially upon us.
And the best part of it all?No stargazing equipment will be necessary, as the meteor showers are able to be viewed by the naked eye (given that you have clear weather conditions, of course).
NASA came forward with the exciting news last week...
Look up at the night sky this weekend! ☄️👀 The Geminids, one of the year's biggest and brightest meteor showers, w… https://t.co/fiEZ3ucJaR— NASA Marshall (@NASA Marshall)1607699489.0
The annual Geminid shower is currently underway...With NASA informing us that it is occurring between December 4th and December 17th.
Apparently, the peak evening happened last night."The peak will happen on the night of December 13th into the morning of December 14th, with some meteor activity visible in the days before and after," NASA previously said.
But fear not!Because the peak is expected to carry on into this evening. Thank goodness for that.
So, if you want to get a glimpse of this extraordinary phenomenon...
via: GettyHere's what NASA has advised.
Firstly, where will the Geminid shower be visible?NASA reported that 8 pm is the ideal viewing time in the northern hemisphere - with midnight being a better option in the southern.
And there are certain areas where the shower can be best viewed."If it's not cloudy, get away from bright lights, lie on your back, and look up. Remember to let your eyes get adjusted to the dark – you'll see more meteors that way," NASA advised.
It has been recommended to find a spot with as little light pollution as possible...Or, to put it simply, an area with no surrounding street lights or tall buildings.
Because the meteorologists have warned...There will be fewer meteors visible in the sky than in previous showers, due to natural light pollution from the bright, very nearly, full moon.
Those who managed to see last night's display have been taking to Twitter to share their experience...
@NASA_Marshall @NASA We show this yesterday night at our home in Sri Lanka.. amassing ..thanks NaSa ❤❤💜️💜️💜️ good job ❤❤💜️☺️😳😱— SudeshScr (@SudeshScr)1607935742.0
It was apparently a truly beautiful display.
@NASA_Marshall I saw one last night... Was perfectly beautifulllll— CrisDomzIsReal (@CrisDomzIsReal)1607868162.0
Will you be doing a spot of stargazing tonight?
via: GettyWhat a wonderful way to end such a disastrous year. For more on incredible natural phenomenons, keep scrolling to find out where you can see the northern lights this year...