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Skywatchers can see meteor shower on Thursday night

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

It's going to be a good week for stargazers as the Gemini meteor shower is expected to appear in the sky on Thursday.

The Taipei Astronomical Museum said in an online statement yesterday that it has projected the meteor shower will appear at around 6:45pm, but with a margin of error of two to three hours either way.

There are likely to be a maximum of 120 meteors moving across the sky per hour, the museum said.

The Gemini meteor shower is one of three major meteor showers that appear annually, along with those carried by Quadran Muralis, which occurs in early January, and Perseus, which usually takes place in mid-August.

The museum said Taiwan offers a perfect viewing place to see the Gemini meteor shower, as the star it is associated with will move to the east horizon immediately after sunset. It will reach its zenith at midnight and move toward the west before sunrise, giving an entire night to watch.

The best time to watch will be before midnight, it said.

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