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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Talking to THT Online over phone, Suresh Bhattarai, chairman of the Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) said,"The Geminid Meteor shower was active since December 4 and will last till December 16.
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The Geminid meteor shower will be seen in the Qatar sky from Wednesday evening until dawn Thursday, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has said in a statement jointly issued by QCH director Dr Mohamed al-Ansari and noted astronomer Dr Beshir Marzouk.
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The Dubai Astronomy Group will be holding a stargazing camp at Al Qudra on Thursday December 14, where space enthusiasts can catch the Geminid meteor shower from 10pm to 4am.
According to the forecast by the Taipei Astronomical Museum, Taiwanese stargazers can get a full view of the Geminid meteor shower next week on Wednesday and Thursday .
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