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Geminids Meteor Shower – Dec 13th

Geminids Meteor Shower – Dec 13th

The Geminids meteor shower is due to peak Thursday night until Friday morning.

This meteor shower, as the name suggests originates from the Gemini constellation. The Geminids is an unusual shower as it created from leftovers of an asteroid. Most meteor showers are the leftovers of comets.

This meteor shower is expected to be the best of the year, with some reports saying up to a 100 meteors an hour could be seen.

But NASA is saying there’s a second possible meteor shower that could significantly boost the number of meteors you’ll see. The source of the possible new shower is Comet 46P/Wirtanen. Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office says debris left in Wirtanen’s orbit might produce as many as 30 meteors per hour, added to the 100 meteors per hour from the Geminids. That would be an awesome meteor show!

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