Geminids

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Geminids:

see meteor showermeteor shower,
increase in the number of meteors observed in a particular part of the sky. The trails of the meteors of a meteor shower all appear to be traceable back to a single point in the sky, known as the radiant point, or radiant.
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Geminids

(jem -ă-nidz) An important and active winter meteor shower that maximizes on Dec. 13, meteors being visible between Dec. 7 and Dec. 15. The shower has a radiant of RA 113°, dec +32°, and a zenithal hourly rate of about 80; the meteoroids hit the atmosphere with a velocity of about 36 km s–1. The orbit of the meteoroid stream has a low semimajor axis (1.5 AU) and matches almost exactly the orbit of the Apollo asteroid Phaethon. The shower has yielded a fairly constant rate during the last century. The meteoroids have a higher density than normal because the parent of the shower is an asteroid rather than a comet.

Geminids

 

a meteor shower with a radiant in the Gemini constellation. The shower is first observable in the first half of December and reaches its maximum on December 13-14. The most active of the annually occurring meteor showers, it has a very short period of revolution around the sun (1.7 years). The Geminids were first observed in 1862.

Geminids

[′jem·ə·nidz]
(astronomy)
A meteor shower that reaches maximum about December 13.
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Astronomy lovers are in for a treat as we should be able to see 20 times more shooting stars than usual when the Geminid Meteor Shower peaks.
YESTERDAY was the start of a 10-day astronomical spectacular called the Geminid meteor shower that sees 100 shooting stars per hour zapping across the sky.
As the bits of debris from the asteroid crash through the Earth's upper atmosphere they vaporise and turn into the Geminid meteor shower.
The peak of the Geminid meteor shower shouldn't be affected by moonlight and is usually a great sight to behold.
The Geminid meteor shower is expected to reach its peak overnight and, with favourable weather conditions, could be a feast for the eyes.
From Sunday, up to 100 shooting stars per hour are expected to streak across the night sky as part of the Geminid Meteor Shower which is set to continue for up to 10 days.
The Geminid meteor shower, fed by debris from asteroid (3200) Phaethon, is one of the finest of the major annual showers.
10 ( ANI ): Geminid meteor shower will be at their best after dark on Friday, December 13 and before dawn on Saturday, December 14, according to reports.
The poor weather during late 2012 prevented the authors from obtaining good coverage of the Geminid meteor shower.
DECEMBER 2012 FORECAST: Starry fireworks end the year with a bang and the Geminid meteor shower is usually one of the best of the year.
Summary: A glorious display of hundreds of shooting stars is set to light up the winter sky as Earth encounters the Geminid meteor shower.