Giminid Meteor Shower Promises a Great Show [VIDEO]
Do like to see a good meteor shower? Well, tonight (12/13) could be the best time for viewing the mega meteor shower known as the Giminid. If you happened to miss the Orionid meteor shower earlier this year or the super moon. Tonight's show could be at it's peak.
That's because every year around mid-December the Earth passes through the aforementioned debris, giving us the opportunity to witness a rare event. So set your alarm clock for 10 p.m. Central time to witness this terrestrial event because it could deliver dozens (or even hundreds) of visible meteors per hour until about 3 a.m. on December 14. Keep your eyes (and scopes) toward the constellation Gemini for the best view of the shiny shower.
There are many theories as to what causes the Giminid shower from many astronomers some say the light show originates from the remnants of an extinct comet known as 3200 Phaethon. Others remain on the fence about the origin of the shower.
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And for those wondering about the doomsday prophecies of the Mayan calendar/Nibiru there's a huge, mountain-size asteroid in the neighborhood of Earth this week. Coincidence? You can track the progress of this asteroid via the Slooh space camera online, just in case your worried about the world coming to an end on December 21. But I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.
What causes the Geminids?
Regardless of the origin, every year around mid-December the Earth passes through the aforementioned debris, giving us the opportunity to witness a rare event.