World Prepares for 'Most Massive' Meteor Shower

World Prepares for 'Most Massive' Meteor Shower

The annual Geminid shower can be viewed from almost anywhere on the planet, with astronomers predicting the best time to see the spectacular event is between midnight and sunrise on December 14.
As well as being incredibly intense, the Geminid shower is different to other showers in the solar system.
While most meteor showers come from comets, Geminids differ in that rather than coming from comets, their "parent" is an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon.
The shower is visible between December 12-16 however the presence of the moon often makes viewing tricky at certain times.

If you want to get the best view of the spectacular shower then experts advise getting away from the artificial light of towns and cities.

Nasa astronomer Bill Cooke said: "Of all the debris streams Earth passes through every year, the Geminids' is by the far the most massive."

A meteoroid is a small rocky or metallic body travelling through space.

Usually they are fragments from comets or asteroids.

Around 15,000 tonnes of meteoroids and other forms of space dust enter Earth's atmosphere each year.


By: Andrea
Date: Thu, 2013-12-12 20:15