Geminid meteor shower set to peak over weekend
CNATAIPEI--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.
December 11, 2013, 12:30 am TWN
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.