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22:00 [22:00-23:00] GEMINIDS METEOR SHOWER
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Peak on: Wednesday 14th December 2011 at 16h35 / Hourly rate: 120 / Direction: NNE Geminids meteor streams are groups of meteoroids originating from dust grains ejected from Asteroid 3200 Phaethon. These small dust grains (meteoroids) are distributed along the parent asteroid's orbit concentrated close to the asteroid nucleus with fewer grains farther away from the nucleus. Every time the Earth passes through this stream of dust particles (i.e. meteor stream), we experience what is known as a Geminids meteor shower. These brief streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called "shooting stars", peak on Wednesday night the 14th December 2011 when earth moves through the center of the dust trail left behind by the asteroid. How to view the Geminids Go outside, find a dark spot and look NNE near the constelation of Gemini for the Geminids radiant. The best time to view the Geminids is from around midnight to dawn. They are of average speed but very colourful. You should be able to see 120 streaks an hour or more during the peak. The Geminids meteor shower is active from the 7th Dec to 17th Dec with fewer activity either side of the peak time.

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