The Geminids Meteor Shower peaks on December 13th 2023 (spot them at the weekend too!) #shorts

From Dr. Becky.

The Geminids Meteor Shower is nature’s own Christmas lights show! Every year it peaks in mid-December (We’d 13th December in 2023) and this year especially is set to be spectacular with no moonlight to spoil the show. If you can get somewhere dark you could see up to 120 meteors per hour! That’s 2 shooting stars per minute. These will still be visible on the nights around the 13th, so if you have some time this weekend or next to head outside and stargaze: do it! You don’t need any kit to see this, you just need to lie back, look up and enjoy the show! #meteor #shootingstar #shorts

👩🏽‍💻 I’m Dr. Becky Smethurst, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford (Christ Church). I love making videos about science with an unnatural level of enthusiasm. I like to focus on how we know things, not just what we know. And especially, the things we still don’t know. If you’ve ever wondered about something in space and couldn’t find an answer online – you can ask me! My day job is to do research into how supermassive black holes can affect the galaxies that they live in. In particular, I look at whether the energy output from the disk of material orbiting around a growing supermassive black hole can stop a galaxy from forming stars.