The Geminids meteor shower peaks this weekend, with hundreds of multicolored shooting stars.

meteorite1

The Geminids meteor shower peaks on Friday night and early Saturday morning, producing up to 120 multicolored shooting stars per hour.

However, an almost-full moon will outshine fainter meteors, so you're likely to see about 30 meteors each hour, according to NASA. That means the shooting stars you can see, however, will be the brightest and most colorful.

The asteroid Phaethon left behind the trail of dust that's responsible for the Geminids show several thousand years ago. That makes the Geminids unique, since most meteor showers come from the dust of a comet.

meteorite2

As Earth orbits the sun, it crosses Phaethon's orbital path each December, traveling through the trail of debris that the asteroid has shed.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe recently spotted the Geminids debris trail for the first time ever. Thanks to the probe's observation, scientist found that the Geminids trail contains about 1 billion kilograms of material.

On Friday night, you can watch some of that material streaking across the sky as it burns up in Earth's atmosphere.

About the author

Aditya Jain

View all posts

Leave a Reply

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *