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Geminid meteor shower also considered to be the best annual meteor showers are visible every year in the month of December. They can be viewed across the globe during the night. Geminid meteor shower is active between December 4 and December 17 every year. The peak time as seen from around the globe is around 2 a. m.

The Ursid Meteor showers are to occur between December 17 and December 26 soon after the Geminids Meteor Shower. Also, on a cloudless night meteor are best visible.

Activation of Geminids Meteor

Geminid Meteor Showers

  • Since Geminid Meteor Showers don՚t originate from a comet but from an asteroid, they are unique.
  • This Meteor originate from Phaethon asteroid (Discovered in 1983) .
  • In 2020, the Geminids Shower is to overlap the new moon which means there won՚t be any moonlight to wash the fainter meteors.
  • An area away from the city or going up on the terrace of the home are the ideal places for watching Geminids.
  • In the first 30 minutes approx. , it might be difficult to see meteors but as soon as the eyes adapt to the darkness, one can view it.
  • NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page provides live streaming of the Geminids meteor shower.

Leonid Showers

  • The Leonids are a prolific meteor shower.
  • This occurs from Comet Tempel-Tuttle.
  • From the location of their radiant in the constellation Leo, the name of the Leonids has been obtained.
  • This meteor shower peaks around 17 November of each year.

Perseids Meteor Showers

  • The most visible meteor shower in most years.
  • Peaks on 12 August of each year at over one meteor per minute.

Meteor Showers

  • The moment Earth passes through the path of a comet or asteroid, a meteor shower occurs.
  • Meteors can be defined as pieces of rocks and ice ejected from comets orbiting around the sun or in simple way the bits of debris entering Earth՚s atmosphere are called meteors.
  • A comet gets heated up as soon as it comes closer to the Sun.
  • Along the comet՚s path, lots of small pieces of the comet are left along once a comet has orbited the sun.
  • The densest part of the comet or asteroid՚s path is reached at the peak of the meteor shower.
  • Tens to hundreds of meteors can be seen each hour during a meteor shower.

Meteor Storm

  • The number of meteors spotted thousand per hour.
  • With meteors spotted less than thousand per hour, it becomes meteor shower.

Types of Meteorites

Stony and metallic are the two main categories of meteorites.

Vestoids

Believed to have come from the asteroid Vesta.

Chondrites

A kind of stony meteorite and are the oldest meteorites most often.

Pallasites

Fascinating mixtures of stony and metallic material and are believed to have probably originated from boundary areas in larger asteroids.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 21, 2021

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