13 Dec 2016: Meteor shower

Meteor shower on the night of December 13 (but the full Moon will lessen the show)

falling-stars

 

The Geminid meteor shower (named after Gemini, the coinciding constellation) is one of the finest meteors showers visible in either the Northern or the Southern Hemisphere. However, the full moon will be out all night long, subduing the usually prolific shower

Most meteor showers are produced  by comets. . As we orbit the sun, we cross “meteor streams.” of icy particles. When they enter our atmosphere, they vaporize and ignite  due to friction with the air.

When a meteor appears, it seems to “shoot” quickly across the sky, and its small size and intense brightness might make you think it is a star that is “falling.”

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