Sky watchers who missed the 2013 Geminid meteor shower peak on Friday and Saturday night still have a chance of catching the impressive night sky display. A couple of spectators were able to capture images of the stunning sky display and shared their viewing experiences online.
"The Geminid meteor shower, one of the best meteor showers in the Northern Hemisphere, continues for two more days this week," the Washington Times report reads. In the last two viewing days of the Geminid meteor shower, a dozen or even fewer meteors per hour may be visible due to the appearance of the Moon and clouds in the night sky.
To those who still want to observe the meteor shower, the experts suggest viewers to watch the skies at its darkest right as the Moon sets. The Geminid meteor shower peak did not disappoint as it displayed an amazing view from Friday night until the wee hours of Saturday despite the threat of cloudy skies and the bright waxing Moon.
Astrophotographer Cody Limber shared to Space.com a composite image of the stunning Geminid meteors falling over Boulder Colorado on Saturday, December 14. Click HERE to see the photo.
"To capture the shot, I set my camera on interval shooting mode starting at about 12:30 and ending at around 3 am. During this time the moon set and the sky became perfectly clear. I was worried that clouds might be a problem because when I looked outside at 9:00 it was completely cloudy but fortunately it cleared up at around 1:00 am and I was able to get the shot," Mr Limber revealed on his viewing experience.
Tyler Leavitte, another witness, also sent in his Geminid meteor shower viewing experience during its peak activity on December 13 and 14. The Nevada-based photographer wrote an email to Space.com recounting how he and his wife watched the sky display.
Mr Leavitte shared: "My wife and I ran outside of town to watch all bundled up with a nice warm cup of coffee. Even with the nearly full moon, we were able to see over 30 in a little over an hour before we started shivering. I really enjoy how much more slowly the Geminids appear to flash across the sky compared to other meteors. Many appeared to have a slight greenish hue to them."
"While the first signs of the Geminid meteor shower were documented in the 1800s, the intensity of the meteor shower has increased over time due to Jupiter's gravity pulling the stream of debris closer to Earth," the NASA officials have stated.
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