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Watch Out for the Geminids Meteor Shower

Watch Out for the Geminids Meteor Shower

This story was updated on 13 December 2019.

South Africans are in for a treat tonight when the Geminids Meteor Shower peaks.

The meteor shower started around 4 December and will be visible until 17 December. It started to peak this morning, 13 December 2019, and will continue to peak this evening at about 10pm until about sunrise tomorrow morning. According to the Bronberg Weather Station in Pretoria, stargazers can expect to see around 120 streaks an hour.

These meteor showers are dust grains from asteroids that become visible every time the earth passes through a stream. We know them more commonly as shooting stars, and tonight there will be hundreds of opportunities to make a wish.

According to NASA, Geminids are best viewed from the darkest spot in your garden. No special equipment is needed to view the event.

Want to spend more time gazing at the heavens? Then take a look at our story about The Rise of Astro Tourism in Southern Africa.

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