BANGKOK, 15 December 2015 –The Geminids Meteor Showers have gained nationwide interest, with the highest shower rate being counted at 240 stars per hour.
The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) [NARIT] last night set up three observatory sites for the public.
In Chiang Mai, 400 people from the province and beyond went up to Doi Inthanon National Park to observe the shooting stars in the midst of cool breezes accompanying a temperature of just 5 degrees Celsius at the top of the mountain (the highest point in Thailand). The sky was clear with no cloud cover, and the public could see countless stars skimming across the sky. The fall was observed from 9 p.m. onwards. Occasionally there were big fire balls burning bright, stirring more excitement among the public. The shower peaked between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. when observers could see as many as 240 stars per hour.
Meanwhile thousands also flocked to Royal Observatories located in Nakhon Ratchasima and Chachoengsao provinces to observe the enchanting display, these viewings also arranged by NARIT. The fall was also spotted from 9 p.m. onward, but only 50 stars could be counted. To enhance the experience, NARIT also prepared telescopes for the people, while the Full Dome Digital Planetarium System was opened for the visiting public. The locations were filled with the excitement of all who viewed the spectacle.