The Geminids are a prolific meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid with a 'rockÂ comet' orbit. This would make the Geminids, together with the Quadrantids, the only major meteor showers not originating from a comet. The meteors from this shower are slow moving, can be seen in December and usually peak around December 4–16, with the date of highest intensity being the morning of December 14. The shower is thought to be intensifying every year and recent showers have seen 120–160 meteors per hour under optimal conditions, generally around 02:00 to 03:00 local time. Geminids were first observed in 1862, much more recently than other showers such as the Perseids (36 AD) and Leonids (902 AD).
Time: Overnight December 13-14 between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m.Location: Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky. More information: https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/geminids.html
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