Geminid Meteor Shower
Sunday, December 13 2009 @ 12:12 AM EST
Contributed by: David Gwyn
The Geminid meteor showing is about to happen, peaking December 13th-14th. The good news is that this meteor shower starts around 9:00, so we don't have to wait until the wee hours of the morning like we did with the Leonids. The dust that cause the Geminids doesn't originate from a comet, but instead is thought to be from an asteroid called Phaethon. The particles will be traveling around 86,000, and are believed to be the remnants of when Phaethon may have been a comet. Perhaps it traveled too many times thorugh our solar system that it lost all of its icy shell and now it's just a rock? That shell is what we hope to see tomorow night. Hope you have clear skys and dress warmly!