He said that the Geminid meteor shower could be seen from every part of India if it was
“While it is expected around December 13-14, one can probably see some meteorites in the early hours of the evening of December 14,” Duary said.
Meteors are bright streaks of dazzling light that one often sees in the night sky, and are often called “falling stars”.
In fact, when it enters a rocky object, it can be as small as a speck of dust, Earth’s atmosphere at tremendous speed, due to the excitation of air particles and friction, a shiny streak of light is produced, he explained.
During a certain period of the year, one sees not a single meteor but rather several meteors originating from a specific direction of the sky.
These are called meteor showers, and generally because the Earth passes through the dust left over from the various comets as they approach the sun.
In general, comets are composed mostly of ice and dust, and when they approach the sun, the ice melts in them, leaving a trail of dust along their path.
When the Earth passes on its annual journey around the sun through this dusty region, dust and rocky materials enter the Earth’s atmosphere, sometimes at speeds of between 30
60 km per second, producing streaks of light, called meteor showers.
Since they appear to come from one direction of the sky, the practice is to determine which constellation they appear to radiate from and
Among the various meteor showers, one of the most spectacular is the Geminid Meteor Shower that occurs every year in the second week of December.
Moreover, at the height of the meteorite as expected, at midnight December 13-14, around 1-2 am, when the constellation Gemini is in Calcutta, it will provide an opportunity to observe the “celestial” fireworks, “Duari said.
This year, according to forecasts, it could be possible to see 150 meteors per hour given that the sky is dark and clear.
Dwari said that one should not be bothered by watching this “celestial phenomenon, because these meteors will not cause any harm to anything on earth.”
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