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Elmore Furth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 07:40 AM
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Nature's Coming Attraction: Geminid Meteor Shower
A celestial light show is coming.



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Stay tuned for nature's coming attraction.

Early next week, the Geminid meteor shower will make its annual appearance, just in time for Christmas. Astronomers consider it the best meteor shower of the year, with more than 100 meteors streaking through the night sky every hour.

The peak of the meteor shower will occur early Tuesday, between midnight and sunrise local time. The show will be best in the Northern Hemisphere, easily visible with the naked eye.

The Geminids are actually rocky celestial leftovers. Every December, Earth passes through this stream of debris from 3200 Phaethon, once believed to be an asteroid and now considered an extinct or iceless comet. The meteors, or shooting stars, can appear anywhere, but always seem to fall from the Gemini constellation, thus their name.

For those not willing to stay up late or get up early there should be a decent showing Monday once the sun sets. Actually, some meteors should be visible in the night sky from Dec. 12 to 16, as long as the sky is clear, according to NASA.

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