Meteor Shower Tonight
Published on 13/12/17
Look up in the sky tonight (Wednesday 13 December)!
Tonight will be the peak of the Geminids meteor shower with up to 120 shooting stars every hour. The display should be visible from 10pm but will peak at around 2am.
The Geminids are pieces of debris from a 3-mile (5 km) wide asteroid called “3200 Phaethon”. It’s about half the size of Chicxulub, the rock which wiped out the dinosaurs. The vast majority of the debris pieces are only slightly bigger than grains of sand, but they create brilliant streaks of light as they slam into the planet's atmosphere. 3200 Phaethon, described by Nasa as 'potentially hazardous', will pass 6.4 million miles (10.3m km) from Earth. The next time it will brush by at such close quarters will be in 2093!
This meteor shower is known as one of the most spectacular celestial events of the year – don’t miss it! Shooting stars are bright and easy to spot - even from light-polluted areas like Esher. At the moment the weather forecast is looking promising, but you may need to ask permission to stay up late…
9pm to midnight = Light rain and partly cloudy
Midnight to 3am = Mostly clear