Weather Tidbits: Geminid Meteor Shower

This Weather Tidbits discusses the main event of the December’s sky, known as the Geminids. This meteor shower is unique in that it originates not from a comet but an asteroid, 3200 Phaethon. This creates for a brighter as it takes longer to burn in the Earth’s atmosphere; making it a slower moving shower. Another great thing about the Geminids, is that it can be viewed earlier in the night due to the early sunsets as the winter solstice approaches. It’s also one of the newest meteor showers discovered, observed as early as the 1860s. The meteor shower radiates from the constellation Gemini, but they can appear from anywhere in the sky.

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