Photographers and sky-watchers in Malaysia are in for a treat as the Geminids meteor shower is set to take place next month.
If you missed out on the Perseids meteor shower during 13th August, locals will be able to witness the famous and bright meteor shower peaking on the night of 13th December till the wee hours of 14th December.
According to Mohd Zamri Shah Mastor, the director of National Planetarium Principal Assistant, shared that for every minute, 2 meteors are expected to appear in the sky. That means there should be approximately 120 meteors visible to the naked eye within 1 hour of the Geminids meteor shower.
“This phenomenon will be clearly seen from dark locations such as interior areas, edge of the forest or beaches where city and artificial lights do not impede your viewing. Fraser’s Hill and Teluk Kemang in Port Dickson, for example, are good locations for the public to view this phenomenon,” Mohd Zamri was quoted as saying.
For the uninitiated, the Geminids are an annual meteor shower caused by the 3200 Phaethon asteroid. It orbits closely to the sun. When the rocky asteroid burns off and hits the Earth’s atmosphere, it becomes visible as meteors in our sky.
To find out more, you can call the National Planetarium at 03-22734303.
Source: Bernama / Featured image: Kenneth Brandon via NBC.