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Geminid Meteor Shower to Streak Across the Night Sky This Week

Geminid Meteor Shower, the most beautiful meteor shower of the year, is set to peak on the nights of December 13 and 14, 2015.

Sometimes referred to as “the King of Meteor Showers”, the Geminid Meteor Shower is expected to show off 100 meteors per hour favoring the stargazers from the Northern Hemisphere according to NASA. Geminid will not only produce a profusion of shooting stars but will also streak the night sky with different colors of light depending on their chemical composition.

According to NASA, Geminid is caused by debris from an object called 3200 Phaethon – an object long thought to be an asteroid, but is now classified as an “extinct comet”. The planet earth passes through the debris field once per year, and the “shooting stars” appear to radiate from a point in the constellation Gemini — hence the name “Geminid.”

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in the United Kingdom states that meteors are best seen with the naked eye depending on the time and viewing conditions. Accordingly, the best time to view the Geminids will be around 2 a.m. EST.

 

Author: scoop2014

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