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Under attack?150 meteors every hour will bombard planet on SUNDAY

The Geminids meteor shower

One of the biggest meteor showers will be visible on Sunday. It is estimated that approximately 150 meteors will be visible per hour.

The Slooh Telescope internet channel is broadcasting a special live show with views of the meteor shower across the globe.

A Slooh spokesman said: “The Geminids meteor shower, one of the best meteor showers of the year, peaks during the night of December 13-14, and shows up to 100-150 meteors per hour in dark sky.”

Slooh is broadcasting a live show with live feeds from partner observatories of Geminid meteors across the globe to capture the remarkable annual celestial event.

The spokesman said: “The Geminids sometimes rivals the August Perseid meteor shower for total numbers of meteors.

“They occur when Earth passes through a debris stream from the strange body 3200 Phaeton, which is either a rocky and defunct comet or an asteroid.

“This help explain why the Geminids are so bright, they’re little pieces of mostly rocky material which take longer to burn up as they fall into the atmosphere, whereas most meteor showers are caused by softer, icier debris from comets.”

Geminids show up as mostly white and yellow, with about 10% of Geminid meteors showing red, blue, or red.

They trace their path back to a point in the constellation Gemini near the bright star Castor.

The spokesman added: “You can usually see more meteors when the radiant is higher in the sky.

“Since Gemini is one of the northernmost zodiacal constellations, the radiant is much higher in the northern hemisphere and more meteors are visible.

But some Geminids are visible from the southern hemisphere too.”



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