Things to know about Geminid meteor shower

Annual Spectacle

The Geminid meteor shower is an annual event that occurs in December, offering a spectacular display of shooting stars. 

Origin Point

The meteors radiate from a point in the Gemini constellation, hence the name "Geminid". 

Debris from an Asteroid 

Unlike many meteor showers associated with comets, the Geminids originate from the debris of an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon 

Peak Activity

The peak of the Geminid meteor shower usually occurs around mid-December, specifically on the night of December 13 to 14. 

Abundant Meteors

Geminids are known for being one of the most prolific meteor showers, with the potential to produce up to 120 meteors per hour under optimal conditions. 

Bright and Colorful

Geminid meteors are often bright and can exhibit colors ranging from white and yellow to green and blue, adding to their visual appeal. 

Dark Sky Preferred

For optimal viewing, it's recommended to escape light-polluted areas and find a location with a dark sky, away from city lights. 

Slow-Moving Meteors

Compared to other meteor showers, Geminids tend to have slower-moving meteors, making them easier to observe and enjoy. 

Photography Opportunities

Geminids offer excellent opportunities for astrophotography, capturing the streaks of light against the night sky.