Geminids meteor shower to shoot across Hong Kong sky from tonight

South Lantau will be one of the best places in Hong Kong for watching the spectacular Geminid meteor showers this month.

It is the biggest meteor shower of the year, with as many as 120 meteors zipping across the sky every hour from today until December 14.

The best time to watch will be between midnight and 5am, with the shower peakig on December 13-14.

According to Space.com:

The Geminids are considered one of the best meteor showers every year because the individual meteors are bright, and the peak can see meteors stream across the sky at rates as high as 120 meteors an hour.

Hong Kong University astronomer So Chu-wing says that in a location with minimal light pollutionsuch as South Lantau or Sai Kung, stargazers will able to see 20 to 30 meteors every hour, according to The Standard.

For more information about meteor showers, the HKU Physics Department has created this page.

Photo: Geminid meteor shower, Iran (Source: Amir Shahcheraghian, Creative Commons)

 

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