December 13, 2009
Intense Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Sunday
Late Sunday night is the peak of the year's most prolific annual cosmic fireworks show--the Geminid meteor shower (Geminids picture).
The meteor shower has been growing in intensity in recent decades and should be an even better holiday treat than usual this year, since it's falling in a nearly moonless week.
Coming fast on the heels of its more famous cousin the Leonid meteor shower--which peaked less than a month ago--the Geminid show should feature as many as 140 shooting stars per hour between Sunday evening and Monday morning.
The Geminids are slow meteors that create beautiful long arcs across the sky--many lasting a second or two.
Posted by Rob Kiser on December 13, 2009 at 12:14 AM
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