Geminid meteor shower set to peak over weekend
December 11, 2013, 12:30 am TWN
TAIPEI--Stargazers will have a chance this weekend to catch the Geminid meteor shower, which is expected to produce scores of meteors per minute, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said.
One of the three most prolific meteor showers of the year - along with the Quadrantids in January and the Perseids in August — the Geminids can be most easily tracked between 3:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 14, the museum said.
Because of the moon phase, however, the general conditions for observation will not be as perfect as last year, according to the museum.
A Geminid meteor shower, which originates from an asteroid instead of a comet as is most common, occurs when Earth ploughs through the dusty debris from the “3200 Phaethon” asteroid, the museum said.