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 may also see some yellow, green, blue, and red ones.
These meteors will appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini. While most meteor showers originate from the debris of comets, this one is a little different in that it comes from the debris of the 3200 Phaeton asteroid. The difference between a comet and an asteroid is what they are made of; a comet is made up of ice, dust, and rocky material, while an asteroid is made of metals and rocks. The dust particles from an asteroid are usually denser and more durable, thus allowing them to last a little longer and survive lower in the atmosphere.
This year, the Geminids meteor shower is going to peak on the night of December 13th through the early morning hours of the 14th. On average, you can see 50 meteors per hour.
If you happen to see a shooting star, don't forget to close your eyes and make a wish. But shhh, don't tell anyone what it is!!!
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