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Sighting of meteor shower reported from Sikkim's Gangtok; sky-gazers thrilled
Facebook friend and old student Virender Dahiya posted during wee hours, "Straight from sky of Gangtok #Ursa major (great bear) #Ursa minor and Hunter...lovely clear sky and weather... and seen five shooting stars in 5 minutes...lucky!" He posted a picture also. His facebook friend commented, "Reminded of childhood...When watching this was favourite time-pass." The spectacle was seen after the moon had set last night.

Astronomers and sky-gazers were out late last night so that they could get a glimpse of a spectacle of shooting stars. Some others could be lucky tonight if venture out in the cold night during early morning before dawn breaks.

However, the Geminid meteor shower had peaked last night and Google had marked the event with a doodle on December 13. Space.com termed the Geminids as the best meteor shower of 2018 since some well-positioned sky gazers could see more that 100 shooting stars in one hour just before the dawn of December 14. The Geminids is caused by a small celestial object, a few kilometre wide asteroid called 3200 Phaethon. 

"The meteors from this shower are slow moving, can be seen in December and usually peak around December 6–14, with the date of highest intensity being the morning of December 14. The shower is thought to be intensifying every year and recent showers have seen 120–160 meteors per hour under optimal conditions, generally around 02:00 to 03:00 local time," informs Wikipedia.

Literature has a few similes for sky-gazers and shooting stars. One by RS Cruz goes like this, "Never fall in love with stargazers – always with accelerated affection. Their love disappears in the blink of an eye like a shooting star." Sighting shooting star and making a wish is also common. Literature and movies provide a plot such instances. Here is an example of it is "I saw 2 shooting stars tonight & made 1 wish. It was beautiful," as used by writer April Mae Monterrosa.

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