Geminid meteor shower will coincide with comet Leonard in Yucatan

Meteor Shower (Photo: Google)

Starting on December 12th, the sky of Yucatán will be illuminated with two celestial phenomena.

MÉRIDA, Yucatán, (December 07, 2021).- In addition to Comet Leonard (Christmas Comet), next Sunday, December 12, you will be able to observe the Geminid shower of stars in Yucatan, two celestial phenomena that will coincide for the amazement of stargazers and lovers of the cosmos. 

Geminid Meteor Shower

According to astronomers, the Geminids are the queens of all showers, as their meteors seem to create a veritable cascade of celestial rays, emitting 60 to 80 meteors per hour.

The cascade of the Geminids has been known for a relatively short time since, in 1983 astronomers from the University of Leicester, Simon Green, and John Davies discovered the asteroid named Phaeton (Phaeton). 

Shortly after the find, Harvard astronomer Fred Whipple was able to link the newly discovered rocky object with the Geminid meteors. For the first time, an asteroid instead of a comet left a shower of stars on Earth.

When to see the Geminid Meteor Shower?

In addition to the observation of Leonard, you will be able to appreciate the Geminid meteor shower, after midnight next Sunday, December 12.

The main observation would be during the night of Sunday 12th when both phenomena will reach their maximum splendor.

Also, the Geminids will be seen on the night of December 13th and at dawn on the 14th.

Source: Sipse



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