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If you are our faithful visitors, then you should absolutely know that we always introduce you the latest pictures of meter showers or sometimes about their nearby comings. So today, we will show you some interesting pictures about Geminid meteor shower 2018. But before the images, we are suggesting you to read some information of the Geminid meteor shower.
The Geminids is a meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon. It is a Palladian asteroid with a “rock comet” orbit. This would make the Geminids, together with the Quadrantids, the only major meteor showers not originating from a comet. The meteors from this shower are slow moving, can be seen in December and usually peak around December 6–14, with the date of highest intensity being the morning of December 14. The first shower has been occurred in 1862 much more recently than other showers such as the Perseids (36 AD) and Leonids (902 AD).
Some opinions related to the comet!
Mike Lewinski wrote: “I captured Venus and a meteor at 5:18 a.m. MST today, December 13, 2018, in Tres Piedras, New Mexico.”
Eliot Herman in Tucson, Arizona, said he saw and/or photographed more than 100 meteors from about 2:30 a.m. to about 5 a.m. on the Geminid’s peak morning, December 14, 2018. He wrote: “This is the best of the night, a fireball at 4:47 a.m. Note Venus to the meteor’s right as a brightness comparison.” Thanks, Eliot!
Gilbert Vancell Nature Photography wrote: “Comet 46P/Wirtanen is the bluish dot on the left. The cluster of stars close to it are the Pleiades. Geminid meteor shower peaked this morning, but should keep up amazing us Earthlings through the weekend. Best to view early morning after moonset.”
View larger. | Geminid meteor on December 13, 2018, above comet 46P/Wirtanen, which is just visible behind a thin cloud layer. Both comet and meteor lie between the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters. Photo by Gary Marshall in Runcorn, England. Thank you, Gary!
The images were taken from the website of earthsky.org.
Source; Text, Image Credits: earthsky.org
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