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Geminid Shooting Star

Geminid Shooting Star

In the night from 13 to 14 December, the shooting stars of the Geminid meteor shower reach their peak. With a little luck, up to 60 shooting stars can be seen per hour worldwide! Every year between 4 and 17 December, the Earth crosses the orbit of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Its fragments burn in the Earth's atmosphere and cause the luminous spectacle.

The radiant of the meteor shower lies in the constellation of the Twins, lat. Gemini, hence its name. The first records of the Geminids date back to 1862. With over 100 ZHR (Zenithal Hourly Rate, the number of meteors visible to the naked eye), the Geminid meteor shower is one of the strongest.

If you want to see the shooting stars at night, it is advantageous to look at them outside the city. Far away from much light, the spectacle comes more to the fore. Pay attention also to local weather indications, since clouds obstruct the view, unfortunately.