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Geminid Meteor Shower 2012

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/13/geminid-meteor-shower-2012-shooting-stars_n_2296054.html

    Skywatchers, get ready: the Geminid meteor shower will peak early Friday morning, at around 3 a.m. local time, and it's expected to put on quite a show.
    Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, told The Huffington Post that the Geminid meteor shower could be the year's best. More than 100 meteors, or "shooting stars," may be visible each hour, with some lucky viewers seeing a couple every minutes, Cooke said.
    Even though the Geminids haven't even peaked yet, the shower is "already knocking people's socks off," Cooke said.
    Space.com reports that because the moon will be at its new phase, viewers won't have to worry about its glare interfering with the visibility of meteors.
    Most meteor showers occur when Earth passes through debris left by comets. The source of the Geminid meteor shower, however, is debris from 3200 Phaethon, a "rock comet."
     
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