Geminids Meteor Shower Photos and Video Clips December 2009

The Geminids meteor shower is on its display of its beautiful flare this December 2009. The Geminids meteor shower is considered by many as the best meteor shower display of the year. I have compiled some Geminids photos and videos here of this wonderful shower display.

Less than a month ago, the Leonid meteor shower (also a famous one) displayed fantastic shower show. Now, it’s Geminids time to shine.

According to NASA, Geminids are pieces of debris from a strange object called 3200 Phaethon. Phaethon, long thought to be an asteroid is now classified as an extinct comet. Basically, it’s the rocky skeleton of a comet that lost its ice after too many close encounters with the sun. Earth runs into a stream of debris from 3200 Phaethon every year in mid-December, causing meteors to fly from the constellation Gemini.

This meteor shower is named Geminids because the meteors fly from the constellation of Gemini. The Geminid meteor shower produces some of the brightest multi-colored meteors of any showers especially on its peak. This meteor shower is becoming more and more interesting as the numbers of meteors observed per hour actually appears to be increasing each year.

Many of us often call meteor showers as ‘shooting stars’ but in reality, meteors are not connected with stars at all. Meteor showers are tiny pieces of debris from outer space which hit our atmosphere at very high speed and instantly vaporize.

For some nice photos of the Geminids, you can check out some of these sites. Spaceweather has some good Geminids meteor gallery here.

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