The Geminids Meteor Shower is one of the best to see. Find a dark sky away from artificial light pollution and see up to 120 meteors (or “shooting stars”) an hour.
When to look: After midnight (when the Moon has set), Friday 14 December 2018. North east and about 45 degrees above the horizon.
It’s time to lie back under WA’s beautiful dark country night sky to watch the Geminids Meteor Shower, one of nature’s best! You don’t need telescopes or binoculars.
Meteors or “shooting stars” are caused by debris entering Earth’s atmosphere. The debris can be as small as a grain burning up in the atmosphere which causes a bright streak of light to appear briefly in our night sky.
Something interesting: A meteor shower is a time when you see lots of “shooting stars”. They occur when Earth passes through the trail of debris left by a comet or other object in orbit around the Sun. The Geminids Meteor Shower is caused by an object called 3200 Phaethon, an asteroid with a debris trail.
Keep watching: The Geminids peak on the 14th but try nights either side as well. The meteor shower is active for a couple of weeks.
You might like to: If you happen to see a very bright meteor (often referred to as a “fireball”), WA’s Fireballs in the Sky Network would love to know! You can download the app and become a Citizen Scientist by reporting sightings. You might even like to become a member of the International Meteor Organization! Perhaps you’ll see a fireball like the one seen over Mexico City!
Where's the Best Place to see a Meteor Shower?
You need a good dark night sky for the best view! Choose an Astrotourism Town destination. Happy meteor hunting!