The Earth is on a date with the “king of meteor showers” ​​next December.. Know the details

Stargazers will be in for a spectacular spectacle on the night of December 13-14, when the most intense and spectacular meteor shower will fall in the Northern Hemisphere. The Jamnid and Orsid meteors should peak between December 14th and 22nd. This was reported by the press service of the Moscow Planetarium.

According to the “RT” website, “Jumnid” is considered one of the strongest annual meteor showers and appears in the sky every year from December 4 to December 17. This meteor has been given another name, “the king of the meteor shower.”

The meteor shower consists of small particles that were ejected into space by the asteroid 3200, causing our planet to pass through the meteor cloud.

On the night of December 13-14, astronomers expect the peak of meteor shower activity. The meteor emission zone is located near the constellation Gemini.

According to the expectations of the International Meteorite Station (IMO), it is likely that the number of meteors will reach 150 meteors per hour, and the “Jumnid” meteors will be white and bright and may decrease in abundance, but the conditions for observing them “Jumnid” in 2022 are not favorable because the moon is approaching the last quarter of The planetarium said that the average speed of the meteor shower will be low, not exceeding 35 km / sec.

These luminous meteors were discovered in the nineteenth century, and some believe that their source is the asteroid Phaethon, so meteorites can contain pieces the size of a fist and reach speeds of up to 35 km / sec, and burn when entering the atmosphere. . lowest This is what creates bright light.

As for the asteroid Phaethon, which is the source of this meteorite, it is large and revolves around the sun for a full cycle in 1.5 years.

While the Orsid meteor shower will peak on the longest night of the year, December 21-22, and will only be visible in the Northern Hemisphere, the meteor shower will begin on December 17. and ends on December 27.

Among other astronomical events for the month of December, there is an eclipse of Mars over the moon, which will coincide with the meeting of Mars and the moon, and the processes of covering the planets with the moon are often short-lived, as the duration of the eclipse does not exceed one hour.

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