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UAE Set for Spectacular Geminids Meteor Shower Show

The UAE is preparing for a celestial show as the Geminids meteor shower peaks, promising a spectacular display of shooting stars.

The UAE is gearing up for a celestial spectacle as the Geminids meteor shower peaks, promising a stunning showcase of shooting stars streaking across the night sky. 

Expected to peak on Thursday, December 14, this event boasts the potential for over 100 shooting stars per hour, making it a highlight of the astronomical calendar.

Astronomical Marvel and Spectator Participation:

Described as one of the year’s most remarkable meteor showers, the Geminids offer an awe-inspiring visual treat with the possibility of witnessing around 120 meteors hourly at its peak, as stated by the Dubai Astronomy Group. 

Stargazers can revel in this cosmic event without specialized equipment; all needed is a clear, dark viewing spot away from urban lights.

Ideal Viewing Conditions and Guided Sessions:

Optimal viewing conditions entail finding a dark area, such as the desert, lying on one’s back and allowing the eyes to adjust for a clearer view. 

Multiple groups in the UAE are organizing guided viewing sessions, offering enthusiasts an immersive experience to witness and learn more about the night sky.

Meteor Characteristics and Viewing Opportunities:

According to NASA, the Geminids are characterized by their brightness, rapid speed of up to 127,000kmph, and distinctive yellow hue. 

Various sessions and events hosted by organizations like the Mleiha Archaeological Centre in Sharjah and the Dubai Astronomy Group offer enthusiasts the chance to witness shooting stars and explore celestial objects through telescopes.

Understanding Meteor Showers and Geminids’ Origin:

These shooting stars, known as meteors, result from space rocks entering Earth’s atmosphere and burning up, creating luminous streaks in the sky. 

Unlike most meteor showers linked with comets, the Geminids find their origin with an asteroid named 3200 Phaethon. 

Initially modest in the mid-1800s, the Geminids have evolved into a major annual meteor shower, captivating stargazers worldwide with their vibrant display.

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