Geminid Meteor Shower 2017

Geminid Meteor Shower. Image Credit: Yuri Beletsky
Geminid Meteor Shower 2017: The Geminid Meteor shower rivals that of the Perseid meteor shower and produces up to 120 meteors per hour, or 2 meteors per minute. This meteor shower is produced by Earth colliding with debris from the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. The radiant, or source, of the meteors will be in the constellation Gemini which is near Orion and Auriga. Gemini is characterized by its bright pair of stars Pollux and Castor and will appear in the Northeast. As the night continues, however, Gemini will continue to rise and eventually appear directly overhead. The Moon shouldn't block out meteors this year, but light pollution is always an important factor while viewing a meteor shower. For best viewing, find an open field located under dark skies. Then lay down a blanket or chair and look towards Gemini. Don't forget warm beverages!

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