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Geminid meteor shower to light up sky on December 13

Geminid meteor shower to light up sky on December 13

The Geminid meteor shower – always a highlight of the meteor year – will peak around the mornings of December 13 and 14, 2018.

The Geminids are a very reliable shower if someone wataches at the peak time of night and in clear sky.

The meteors tend to be bold, white and quick. This shower favors Earth’s Northern Hemisphere, but it’s visible from the Southern Hemisphere, too. The curious rock comet called 3200 Phaethon is the parent body of this shower.

The Geminids generally move at about 22 miles per second, according to NASA.

Difference between Asteroid, Meteoroid, Meteor and Meteorite

  1. Asteroid: a large rocky body in space, in orbit around the Sun.
  2. Meteoroid: much smaller rocks or particles in orbit around the Sun.
  3. Meteor: If a meteoroid enters the Earth's atmosphere and vaporizes, it becomes a meteor, which is often called a shooting star.
  4. Meteorite: If a small asteroid or large meteoroid survives its fiery passage through the Earth's atmosphere and lands on Earth's surface, it is then called a meteorite.

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