What is the Geminid meteor shower?

  • The Geminid meteor shower is caused by debris from the asteroid named 3200 Phaethon.
  • The slow-moving showers are usually seen around December every year but they peak around December 13-14 with the maximum intensity during the early hours of December 14 each year.
  • The 3200 Phaethon asteroid takes about 1.43 years to finish its orbit around the sun.
  • These meteor showers occur in December each year when our planet passes through the tail of the debris from 3200 Phaethon.
  • Geminids appear almost anywhere in the night sky and appear with a yellowish colour in the sky.
  • They come from a radiant in the Gemini constellation, and thus the name.
  • In the northern hemisphere, a better view of the Geminid meteor shower is seen as the radiant becomes higher in the night sky. The meteors travel at about 35 km/s so they're easier to spot.