It was in 1862 when the Man was set for the first time in this spectacle of nature that is visible to the naked eye, without the need of any instrument. 155 years later, on December 13 and 14, it is time to look at the sky again because the 2017 Geminids are here.
The best time to enjoy this meteor shower in Europe will be from midnight.
“The theoretical maximum is expected to occur at dawn on the 14th, at 06.00. Therefore, the recommendation is to observe the shower of stars on the night of the 13th or on the night of the 14th, but always after midnight because before Gemini, which leaves around 22.00, it is very low, “he explains to Traveler.es Miquel Serra-Ricart, astronomer at the Instituto Astrofísico de Canarias (IAC).
The experts of the IAC hope that the activity of this meteor shower coming from the tail of the asteroid Phaethon is about 100 per hour, maintaining the consistency with respect to previous years. “It is a number of astronomers, in the best conditions of observation,” says Serra-Ricart.
“For a person observing him on his own they turn into about 20-25 meteors per hour. Every five minutes you can see one, “he calculates.
Recommendations? Clean sky, free of light pollution, fix the gaze on a particular point of the sky and keep it there , with patience.
And yes, we know that the clean sky is a utopia for the city planners of the big city. So, if you want to see the Geminids without leaving home, connect to the sky-live.tv channel , where you can watch the live broadcast that will take place from the Teide Observatory on December 14, starting at 23:00, local (24.00, peninsular time).