Pil­bara can ex­pect daz­zling me­teor show

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News -

Pho­tog­ra­phers and stargaz­ers should stay up late and look to the skies next week as one of the big­gest me­teor show­ers of the year hits its peak.

So long as the sky re­mains clear, the Gem­i­nid me­teor show will be at its best from De­cem­ber 13 to 15, with min­i­mal moon­light around to lessen the ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Gem­i­nids have been re­ported to gen­er­ate up to 160 me­te­ors an hour, how­ever, 80-120 hits are more reg­u­larly sighted.

Remtrek As­tron­omy owner Phill Witt said me­teor show­ers were a hot topic for a lot of peo­ple.

“Find a nice bit of pin­dan dirt with a pic­nic blan­ket from mid­night on, look up and you should get a good show,” he said.

“The Gem­i­nids have quite a high me­teor rate.”

The best view­ing time is 2am and can be seen in any part of the night sky, though some say look south for best re­sults.

Lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Ge­of­frey El­lis told the Pil­bara News an ISO of 3200 with 20-sec­ond shut­ter speed would be op­ti­mal for cap­tur­ing me­te­ors.

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