The director of Thailand’s Astronomical Research Institute says the annual Geminid meteor shower will be visible on Thursday evening. Saran Poshyachinda explained that the position of the moon on Thursday 14 December would create favourable conditions to view the natural phenomenon in all its glory.
The director continued by saying some shooting stars had already been spotted, but from 20:30 onwards on Thursday the meteors would be shooting through the sky at a rate estimated to be 120 per hour. Those who are not free to enjoy the cosmic extravaganza have plenty of time as the show is expected to last until 04:00 on Friday morning.
Director Poshyachinda said the Geminid meteors would be clearly visible to the naked eye and would be coming from a northeasterly direction. To obtain the best views, heading away from city lights or to mountain vantage points is recommended. At 2,565 metres, Mt Mountain in Doi Inthanon National Park is the highest mountain in Thailand and a top spot to see the Geminid show.
Doi Inthanon is one of the top daytrip destinations when visiting the Northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. The Astronomical Research Institute is organising star-gazing activities at Doi Inthanon as well as national observatories located in Nakhon Ratchasima and Chachoengsao plus Songkhla’s Samila Beach.