The Geminids are the last meteor shower of 2015
On the night of December 14 2015, we have a date with the sky where we can see the last meteor shower of 2015. Are you ready to look up at the Tenerife sky and make a new year’s wish?
Why we wish upon shooting stars
Before we go on, let’s take a look at why we wish on shooting stars, on nights that have meteor showers.
We have to go back to Antiquity to know what made us wish on shooting stars. This custom is based on superstitions, both good and bad.
Shooting stars, which have been associated with souls, have always been related to good events, like the birth of a baby (in fact the Three Wise Men followed a shooting star to worship the baby Jesus) and with bad events, like tragedies and deaths.
The power given to shooting stars in the collective imagination was so great that humanity began to make wishes upon seeing them. Whether they come true or not, is another story.
What is a shooting star
Leaving aside whether or not you believe in the power of shooting stars to grant wishes, shooting stars are nothing more than small dust particles of different sizes.
Comets leave behind these dust particles, which are what we call shooting stars, throughout their orbits around the Sun, producing meteoroids, that is, the current of resulting particles that are dispersed along the comet’s orbit and that the Earth crosses every year in its orbit around the Sun.
But what happens when the particle current meets our planet? They disintegrate upon entering Earth’s atmosphere at a great velocity, giving rise to those beautiful bright streaks that we all know as shooting stars.
Don’t you think that stargazing should be dedicated to shooting stars? This year become a professional and ascend Teide to observe the Geminids with an astronomic guide with a Starlight certificate.
What are the Geminids
Did you understand the explanation of shooting stars?
Now erase that explanation about shooting stars from your mind, because with the Geminids, nothing that we talked about earlier happens.
In the Geminids shower there is no comet coinciding with the trajectory of the dust particles.
However, every year between December 7 and 17 we can see the last meteor shower of the year: the Geminids.
Haven’t you also organized trips with your friends to go to Teide and lie down on blankets to watch the last meteor shower of the year from the most privileged spot in Tenerife?
So why is there a meteor shower with the Geminids? It is all because of the 3200 Phaeton Asteroid, a somewhat peculiar rocky body that on these dates in December nears the Sun.
Did we mention that the apogee of the Geminids will be on the night of December 14? Mark it down on your calendar so that you don’t miss the last big celestial show of 2015.
How to see the 2015 Geminids meteor shower in Tenerife
As with all meteor showers, to fully enjoy this spectacular celestial show, you should get as far away from light pollution as possible and reserve a good amount of time to contemplate the shooting stars at your leisure and without pauses.
If you are in Tenerife, you already know that the best place to enjoy the Geminids this year is on Teide because of the clarity of its starry sky.
The best day to enjoy the Geminids will be on December 14, 2015.
We do not want to miss the most awaited meteor shower of the year and we also want you to enjoy it as much as possible. That’s why we have organized a stargazing session with Starlight guides so that on this night of shooting stars you can ascend Teide and discover the universe and marvel at the Geminids.
Our proposal to enjoy the Geminids:
- 1 hour with astronomic guides in the lower station of Teide Cable Car
- Explanations on the origin of the Geminids and above all you can ask questions about this meteor shower
- Long range telescopes so that you can view the most interesting celestial objects on the night of the Geminids
- An option for transportation from Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos and from Santa Cruz, La Laguna and Puerto de la Cruz
- Hot chocolate to ward off the cold while you enjoy the most anticipated meteor shower of the year
Don’t forget to dress warmly and invite your friends! The long range telescopes and the explanations about the Geminids, the stars, the planets and the constellations are on us.
Will you wish upon the Geminids this year?