The sky will give itself a spectacle. A meteor shower, known as the Geminids, is expected to peak on the night of Sunday 13 to Monday 14 December, as theEarth passes, as every year at this same period, through the trail of dust left by the asteroid Phaeton, an ill-defined celestial object, between the asteroid and the comet, details Futura-Sciences. Astronomers will therefore be able to observe a large number of shooting stars. Provided, of course, that the sky accepts to discover itself.
To make the most of it, enthusiasts are advised to avoid the clouds and lights of large cities as much as possible. It takes at least 10 minutes for vision to get used to the darkness and perceive all the stars, but no telescope or special equipment is needed.
Due to the new moon, the observation conditions are ideal, the absence of the lunar star making it possible to keep the sky in all its darkness. And if it is cloudy, all is not lost: the phenomenon will continue for a few days, even if it will have lost in intensity.