Geminids Meteor Shower 2020

celestial events Dec 14, 2020

The Geminds Meteor shower is a great meteor shower to witness and is one of the most consistent showers that occurs throughout the year. It occurs for a period of two weeks at the beginning of December. The peak of the shower usually happens on December 13 and 14.

The cause of this meteor shower is unique. Most meteor showers are the result of the Earth passing through orbital debris from a comet, but this shower is caused by the Earth passing through dust and debris from an asteroid. The asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon orbits the Sun every 540 days. Its orbit brings it closer to the Sun than any other known asteroid, which his how it got its name. It was named after the Greek myth of Phaethon, the sun of the sun god Helios. 

Meteor showers can be a challenge to view sometimes if the weather does not cooperate.  I have been lucky enough to see this shower under extremely clear skies, and it certainly did not disappoint! I wish you clear skies this year to see the Geminids!

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