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Roma sky to put on a show with Geminid meteor shower

The milky way taken on a cold Roma night. Tonight will be the perfect time to see the milky way and Geminid meteors streak across the sky, with a lack of light pollution and a late moonrise making for perfect conditions.
The milky way taken on a cold Roma night. Tonight will be the perfect time to see the milky way and Geminid meteors streak across the sky, with a lack of light pollution and a late moonrise making for perfect conditions. Alexia Austin

With moonrise scheduled for 2.20am tonight, it is the perfect time to watch the sky put on a show with the annual Geminid meteor shower 'peaking' in night skies across Australia.

Lucky stargazers will be able to witness up to 41+ meteors blazing across the skies each hour, with Roma's clear skies and lack of light pollution providing the perfect stage.

With the waning moon making an appearance later in the evening, the darkness will also help visibility.

What are the Geminids you ask? They are pieces of solid debris left behind by comets travelling through, which cause a beautiful visual as they fall through our atmosphere, burning.

As the debris is particularly rocky, it shines brighter and can be seen for longer than other showers, with some meteors visible for more than a few seconds.

For those looking to get in a spot of astro-photography, all you need is a camera with an adjustable lens, a tripod and an out-of-city road to catch all the action in its spectacular glory.

To snap the shower, it is recommended that you set your camera to manual, your focus ring to infinity and leave the shutter open for thirty seconds at a time.

The shower will last a total of three days, rising to a peak tonight, before ending Sunday morning.

If you find yourself with a spot of spare time tonight, take a drive with family and friends, and catch this once a year spectacular.

Topics:  astronomy geminids meteor shower meteor stars


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