Todd Bush Shares Photos of Geminid Meteor Shower From Wednesday Night


This week we get a good show as the Geminid shower peaks Wednesday and Thursday.

Mr Cheatley said: 'I almost didn't bother trying to capture any meteors last night with the wild weather, but I did make the effort when it cleared to go to Blackpool Tower.

But its enormous debris cloud will create the annual event called the Geminid meteor shower, named for the apparent center of the shower in the constellation Gemini. Having an asteroid as the foundation of a meteor shower provides an excellent source of dust grains that will burn up as they dive into the Earth's atmosphere, according to NASA.

Stargazers took to the internet to share photos of what was the greatest meteor shower of the year and Newsweek has picked out a few highlights.

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What causes a meteor shower?

The shower will start at around 10:00 p.m., when the Gemini constellation will be visible in the northeastern sky, a little above and right of the familiar Orion constellation.

But in a way, the earlier part of the show may be more spectacular.

The Geminids can be seen all around the world.

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Tonight there will still be around 15 to 30 an hour, and by Friday just the odd one or two, writes

Geminid meteors travel fairly slowly, at around 22 miles (35 km) per second.

It will come as close as 10.3 millions of km/6.4 million miles to Earth, the closest encounter since the asteroid was discovered in 1983. "It's either a near-Earth asteroid or an extinct comet, sometimes called a rock comet". 3200 Phaethon, generally, does not show any comet-like structure until it passes by the sun.

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