Geminids Meteor Shower


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    • The Geminids meteor is going to peak on the night of December 14 and December 15. 

    About Geminids meteor shower, 

    • The meteor shower is coined ‘Geminid’ because according to NASA, the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini. 
      • The Geminids first began appearing in the mid-1800s. 
    • The Geminids meteor shower peaks during mid-December each year,
    • Features: They are considered to be one of the best and most reliable annual meteor showers. 
      • They are bright and fast meteors and tend to be yellow in color.
      • They are unique because, unlike most meteor showers, they originate not from a comet, but from an asteroid, the 3200 Phaethon. 
        • The 3200 Phaethon was discovered on October 11, 1983.
        •  It is named after the Greek mythology character Phaethon, son of the Sun God Helios. It takes 1.4 years to complete one round of the Sun.

    Do you know?

    • Meteors come from leftover comet particles and bits from asteroids. 
    • When these objects come around the Sun, they leave a dusty trail behind them.
    • Every year Earth passes through these debris trails, which allows the bits to collide with our atmosphere where they disintegrate to create fiery and colorful streaks in the sky.