This is how to get the best glimpse of the Geminid meteor shower from Toronto
The best of the Geminid meteor shower is set to take over the night skies this week, marking the last major celestial event of its kind in 2021.
Known for putting on a spectacular show, the Geminids are fully visible from Toronto, and peak on Monday night when earth passes through the most rocky part of the meteoroid debris coming off of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon.
During the event, bits of the debris orbiting the giant chunk of cosmic rock make their way through our upper atmosphere, streaking across the sky in an array of colours near the constellation (and the show's namesake) Gemini.
Get your lawn chairs! Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight👽👽👽— Proud Patriot Richard 🗣 (@Cajun_Hemiman) December 13, 2021
Though the shower has technically already been taking place for a few weeks, tonight marks its busiest night, meteor-wise, with potentially hundreds per hour flying across the sky, though a bright moon will mean closer to 50 visible to the naked eye.
So if you're in a good spot at the right time and are looking up, you could get a chance to see one shooting star per minute or so.
The Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight! It's usually one of the best meteor showers of the year. To watch, go to the darkest place you can, let your eyes adjust, and look toward the constellation Gemini.— Planetary Society (@exploreplanets) December 13, 2021
Here's your guide to the Geminid meteor shower: https://t.co/d5qn3pP9Hr pic.twitter.com/LT1i6xLMA8
Experts advise seeking out clear skies free of cloud cover and light pollution, of course, to get the best view. This means getting north of the city and somewhere more rural, if possible — the shores of a large, remote body of water or somewhere in a provincial park would be ideal.
Also, somewhere open where you're able to see the entire sky free from obstructions like buildings will help make the show one to remember.
The best time to view Geminids meteors, according to The Weather Network, is the few hours just after midnight on the morning of Dec. 14, and also around or after 3 a.m., when the moon sets and stops stealing the spotlight.
(Still, the Geminids are known to be so bold and start so early after nightfall that you can view them throughout the night until dawn and from almost anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere.)
Take a look up at the sky tonight as the Geminid meteor shower will peaking. Conditions aren’t exactly ideal with a 76% waxing gibbous setting around 3AM, but at least the skies will be clear. The night owls and very early risers will have the best chances to catch one.— David Potvin (@David_potvin15) December 13, 2021
It is also crucial to be patient, giving your eyes time to adjust to the darkness and the meteors time to make their way through the atmosphere.
Make sure to avoid the temptation of checking your devices or looking at any light source at all — just sit back, relax, look up and take in the show.
And, while you're watching, you may also be able to catch a glimpse of Comet Leonard, which was closest to earth on Sunday but will still be visible into January 2022.
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