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Geminid meteor shower, All you need to know about this very cool “rock comet.” meteor shower. Ongly God KNows Why Cover Picture

Geminid meteor shower, All you need to know about this very cool “rock comet.” meteor shower.

The shower peaks every year in December, so hope for clear skies to see a beautiful show of green fireballs today.

The Geminids are named after a Gemini constellation and the meteor shower is known as the rock comet, But they are created from the trail of a very peculiar asteroid named 3200 Phaethon. Like its namesake in Greek mythology, 3200 Phaethon comes very close to the sun named after Greek god Apollo's son.(In Greek mythology Phaeton is the son of either Apollo or Helios, depending on the tale. They’re gods associated with the sun.) Every 523.5 days it passes in between the space between Mercury, our innermost planet, and the sun.

Geminid meteor shower, All you need to know about this very cool “rock comet.” meteor shower. Only God KNows Why

The showers are visible to the naked eye from earth because their orbit brings them closer to the Sun, about 6.4 million miles, between December 4 to 16 every year.

The asteroid is small — just 3 miles wide — and rocky. It also behaves much more like a comet than an asteroid: 3200 Phaethon forms a tail, and is sometimes referred to as a “rock comet.” That tail then leaves a trail of debris, and that debris is what the Earth will see incinerating in the sky.

Geminid meteor shower, All you need to know about this very cool “rock comet.” meteor shower. Only God Knows Why

The meteor shower will be visible to the naked eye after 9 pm today, December 13, after midnight. To see the shower hope for a clear sky, visit a place with as less light pollution as possible and face south.

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