INDIA: If you are a night sky lover, you would not want to miss these upcoming astronomical events in December.
Remember that this is the last month of the year, and generally, the winter season in India offers you a clear sky. It is a good season for people with telescopes to witness the wonders of astronomical events.
The upcoming astronomical events not to miss this month
Geminid Meteor Shower: December 13-15
The Geminid Meteor Shower, which will be at its height from December 13 to December 14, 2022, is a spectacular treat for sky watchers and lands as a magnificent astronomical event.
The Gemenids, which have the best weather at their peak activity, emit 100–150 meteors every hour. The Geminids typically seem brilliant in the sky.
The term Geminid refers to the meteors that appear to emit from the constellation Gemini.
Mercury in the South West: December 21
The last month of the year features four planets in the sky. Saturn and Jupiter will be high up in the south-southwest, Mars will be low in the east-northeast, and the planet Venus will be low in the southwest.
Mercury will appear like a small planet at its highest position above the horizon, when it is 20 degrees from the sun in the sky. You can find it before sunset when it is low in the sky.
Ursid Meteor Showers: December 22-23
On December 22–23, 2022, the meteor shower will be at its most intense. The radiant point near Beta Ursae Minoris (Kochab) in the constellation Ursa Minor gave rise to the term Ursid.
Comet 8P/Tuttle, which orbits the sun every 13.5 years, leaves behind ice and dust particles that contribute to the Ursid meteor shower.
New Moon: December 23
This year, the Moon’s descent into the night sky signals the end of the sky-gazing event. It will take place at 3:47 p.m., according to Indian Standard Time (IST). In India, this won’t be as noticeable compared to other regions.