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Geminids over Norway. Stargazers are in for a treat this evening as a meteor shower is due to appear in the Norwegian sky at night. The Geminids, a phenomenon caused by the 3200 Phaethon asteroid, passes the Earth every year, and experts say they expect it to be visible tonight, NRK reports. Astrophysicist Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard at the University of Oslo is looking forward to the event.

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Geminids over Norway

Published on Tuesday, 13th December, 2011 at 14:46 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

Stargazers are in for a treat this evening as a meteor shower is due to appear in the Norwegian sky at night.

Geminid over San Francisco (illus. ph.)
Geminid over San Francisco (illus. ph.)
Photo: Mila Zinkova/Wikimedia Commons


The Geminids, a phenomenon caused by the 3200 Phaethon asteroid, passes the Earth every year, and experts say they expect it to be visible tonight, NRK reports.

Astrophysicist Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard at the University of Oslo is looking forward to the event.

“This is going to be good. This meteor shower gets stronger every year,” he says.

Mr Røed Ødegaard tells The Foreigner, “There are going to be up to 120 shooting stars per hour. There would normally be up to 170, but will be less this time because of the full moon. Each only lasts a few seconds, and they are visible with the naked eye.”

He expects the show to start between 8 and 10pm this evening, increasing throughout the night.

“The number will peak at approximately 6 or 7am on Wednesday morning.”



Published on Tuesday, 13th December, 2011 at 14:46 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

This post has the following tags: geminidnorway, 3200phaethonasteroid, meteorshowernorway.





  
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