Stargazers Anticipate Dazzling Spectacle as Geminids Meteor Shower Illuminates GCC Skies

More than 100 shooting stars per hour are set to dazzle the night sky over the GCC next week as the Geminids meteor shower reaches its peak. Active from November 19 to December 24, the Geminids are renowned as one of the most breathtaking astronomical events of the year. The celestial spectacle is expected to climax on Thursday, December 14, and will be particularly brilliant as the moon will not be visible.

“The Geminids are considered to be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at their peak,” stated the Dubai Astronomy Group.

Nasa describes the Geminids as “one of the best and most reliable annual meteor showers,” making it accessible to stargazers without the need for special equipment or expertise. To witness this mesmerizing display, enthusiasts are encouraged to find a viewing spot away from city lights—such as a desert—lie down, and look up. Nasa recommends allowing about 30 minutes for the eyes to adapt to the dark to better observe the meteors. Given the cold desert temperatures, it is advisable to wear warm clothing.

The Geminids are known for their brightness and speed, reaching velocities of up to 127,000 kmph. Nasa notes that these meteors typically display a yellow color.

For those seeking a guided tour experience, various groups in the UAE will organize viewing sessions to enhance the celestial spectacle.

As rocks from space enter Earth’s atmosphere and burn up, they create streaks of light in the night sky, commonly known as shooting stars or meteors. The Geminids, originating in the mid-1800s, have evolved into one of the major meteor showers of the year, growing in prominence since their inception.

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