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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]
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A meteor shower that reaches maximum about December 13.
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A geminid meteor above Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island by Duncan McCall of www.duncanmccallphotography.com
The Geminids are currently the most active of all the regular meteor showers.
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Of the major annual showers occurring during the session, good series of visual observations were obtained for the maxima of both the Perseids and Geminids, but disappointingly there was poor weather for most of the other regular showers.
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The Geminid meteor shower will be especially spectacular during the night of December 13 and early morning of December 14, as the Dubai Astronomy Group has predicted at least 120 meteors to be visible in a single hour.
The Geminid shooting stars are due to peak overnight on Monday when they could appear at a rate of more than one a minute.
The Geminid meteor shower is expected to reach its peak overnight and, with favourable weather conditions, could be a feast for the eyes.
Take this weekend - the Geminid meteor shower is one of the best showers of the year but it's also the last we are expecting to see in 2013.