December 8, 2013

Geminid meteor shower rich in fireballs and can be seen from Dec 12 to Dec 16, 2013

The Geminids are a meteor shower that happens every December.The Geminid meteor shower is the most intense meteor shower of the year. It lasts for several days (Dec. 12-16), is rich in fireballs and can be seen from almost any point on Earth.

First reports of the shower emerged in the mid-1800s, but at the time there were only 10-20 meteors per hour. These days, it's more like 120 meteors at the peak.

The Geminids appear to come from the constellation Gemini, but in reality it is fragments of 3200 Phaethon that cause the sky fireworks. The asteroid has a debris trail in orbit around the sun. Once a year, Earth runs into this dusty path, which intersects our planet's path through space.

Coincidentally, in 2012 NASA noted that there could be another meteor shower around the same time in December from Comet Wirtanen, which was first spotted in 1948 and comes by the sun about every 5.4 years. At its peak it is expected to send as many as 30 meteors an hour skimming through Earth's atmosphere. via space.com

Videos below:
1.Spectacular Geminid Fireball.
2.Geminid Meteor Shower Time-Lapse from last year.

 

1 comment:

  1. Wish upon a shooting star.
    Many a child was told this.

    Stay Safe

    Jay

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