12 Dec Spectacular light show weekend
Grab your cameras and get away from city lights! It’s a weekend to light up the sky and its not just another fireworks display.
ON Friday 14 December, you can view the Geminids meteor shower one of the most spectacular displays of shooting stars to be viewed from Earth this year. From 10.30pm Friday night until the early morning you’ll be able to see this spectacular light show.
Professor Alan Duffy, an astronomer at Swinburne University in Melbourne and lead scientist of the Royal Institute of Australia, said “At its peak, you will be able to see up to 120 shooting stars an hour – that’s two per minute!”
The so-called “Christmas comet”,officially known as 46P/Wirtanen, is the brightest comet of the year. It will make its closest approach to Earth in the late evening of December 16 (or early morning of December 17 if you are in the AEDT time zone).
The comet will be at its brightest between December 14 and December 18, according to amateur astronomer Ian Musgrave. If you have binoculars the comet is already visible.
All you budding astronomers out there, get viewing!
Image of Germinids: Australian Geographic
Image of Christmas Comet: Supplied: Dylan O’Donnell