There’s something so calming and surreal about relaxing in the darkness with the smell of firewood burning off in the distance as meteors shoot across the sky. Magical I tell you. I’m glad I was able to break away from the computer to take a breather and experience the “best meteor shower of the year” — The Geminids.
I’m not the most knowledgeable when it comes to astronomy, so I’ll let Wikipedia do the talking: “The Geminids are a meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid. This would make the Geminids the only meteor shower not originating from a passing comet. The meteors from this shower are slow moving, can be seen in December and usually peak around the 13th – 14th of the month, with the date of highest intensity being the morning of the 14th. The shower is thought to be intensifying every year and recent showers have seen 120–160 meteors per hour under optimal conditions, generally around 2am to 3am GMT. Geminids were first observed only 150 years ago, much more recently than other showers such as the Perseids and Leonids.”
If you haven’t experienced a meteor shower, you better toss on some clothes and run for the hills/darkness. Something everyone must see in their lifetime.
Photograph by Wally Pacholka, TWAN
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