This month, Vancouver residents are privy to one of the brightest meteor showers of the year – the Geminid meteor shower.
The shower has its peak on December 13 to 14 and produces an army of shooting stars. Specifically, this stunning astral display produces more than one meteor per minute, which means up to 100 of the brightest stars per hour.
Last month, Vancouver witnessed the meteor shower Leonid, which also produced extremely bright meteors; however, the November shower did not produce as many speed bundles. The Leonid shower produces 10 to 15 at its peak per hour, compared to the impressive 100 meteors per hour that the Geminid can.
Geminids originate from the constellation of twins, but can be seen across the night sky.
"For best results, you should look a bit away from Gemini to see meteors with more" tails "as they pass; looking directly at the Gemini will show you meteors that do not travel very far, "instructs Space.
As a result of their speed, these dazzling meteors leave visible traces. With that said, astronomers should still choose to travel as far as possible from the city lights in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of the celestial bodies. Although this works best in more remote places, any place that has a higher elevation will also provide ideal viewing conditions.
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