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Geminids Meteor Shower 2017

By Laura Lockwood @yourmetlaura December 12, 2017 10:08 am CST

For a limited time only: The Geminids Meteor Shower- coming to a sky near you!!!


The Geminids Meteor Shower is the final major meteor shower of the year and is the most consistent shower, in terms of quantity of meteors, each year.  These meteors can be viewed in a wide range of colors; most are white, but you can also see may yellow, a few green, blue, and even red ones.


They will appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini, but they are actually caused by the Earth passing through the dust particles of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon.  Most meteor showers come from debris from comets, so this one will be a little different.  These dust particles are denser and more durable.  This allows them to last a little longer and survive a little lower in the atmosphere.  They will be traveling at speeds close to 21.75 miles per second and when they collide with our atmosphere, they will burn up, leaving the tail end of the shooting star.

 Location to look for the Geminids Meteor Shower

This year, the Geminids are going to peak on the night of December 13th through the early morning hours of the 14th.  One can see upwards of 120 meteors per hour at times. 


The best way to view the show will be to find Gemini (northeast of Orion) in the evening sky (look east above the horizon, late).  The meteors will appear to radiate from the bright stars (Castor and Pollux) of this constellation.

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