Also Read - Geminids Meteor Showers 2017 near Mumbai: Best Place to Watch the Celestial Display Tonight
Brace yourselves for one of the most spectacular nights you will ever witness. The Geminids meteor shower which appears every December is expected to put on quite a show this year. First observed in 1862, the Geminids meteor showers originate from a rocky asteroid called 3200 Phaethon. They have a comet-like orbit and the shooting stars make for a great sight. This year, with the moon almost absent around the time of the shower, they are expected to look magical.
Best time to watch Geminids meteor shower:
The best time to watch the 2017 Geminids meteor shower, is on the night of December 13 (morning of December 14) between 1 am and 2 am. The nights before and after should be fairly good as well. Generally, the Geminids are known to nearly 1-2 meteors per minute on dark, moonless nights. However, the Geminid meteor shower is special this year as its parent object 3200 Phaethon is nearby. Also, the moon is in a waning crescent phase steering clear of this years shower.
Best Places to Watch Geminids Meteor Shower:
It is best to stay away from urban landscapes and city lights to get a good view of the meteor shower. So, the best places to watch the meteor shower are places away from the citys hustle bustle and sparkling lights. Some options in North India are Triund (a beautiful trek from Mcleodganj in Himachal Pradesh), Khajjiar, Kheerganga, Binsar. Towards the east, Siliguri and Darjeeling are great destinations. Tarkarli in Maharashtra is a great place for night sky viewing so the meteor shower would be delightful from here. Hill stations like Munnar, Coonoor and Ooty in south India are excellent options not just for the meteor shower but also for a winter trip. Basically, just try to get to the countryside rather than the urban regions for a great experience viewing the Geminids meteor shower 2017.