There is no denying that last night’s absolutely tremendous meteor shower was some sight to behold. It lit up the skies over some of our favourite glamping hotspots last night with up to 100 shooting stars per hour as this cosmic display gave its explosive and magical crescendo that many of us were able to watch it awe over.
Shooting stars could be seen darting across the night sky in a flurry of light just after midnight on Sunday 14th December. And of course our Norfolk glamping location and Devon glamping spots were among the prime spots to see it in all its glory thanks to their secluded, light-pollution free areas.
During the peak instances, the Geminids produce between 50 and 100 shooting stars an hour and it’s possible to watch them shining in multiple colours with periodic rapid bursts of two or three.
The prime viewing time for anyone who stayed up late enough to watch the meteors was around 2am, when the point in the sky from which the meteors appear to originate – was almost overhead, next to the constellation Gemini.
However, meteors, which travel at more than 22 miles per second, should have been observable throughout the night from about 10pm as they burned up about 24 miles above the Earth.
Meteor showers take place when the Earth ploughs through clouds of cometary dust. The tiny particles, some of which are no bigger than a grain of sand, burn up brightly as they enter the atmosphere.
The Geminid meteor shower was noted for the first time in the 1860s, as the years have gone on, it has become more intense.
There were 20 comets per hour reported in the 1920s, rising to 50 in the 1930s, 60 in the 1940s and 80 in the 1970s, so last night’s display was arguably the best yet!
Another unusual feature of the Geminids is that they can shine in a variety of different colours. Predominantly white, they may also appear in flashes of blue, yellow, red or green.