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Geminid Meteors To Be Visible in December


Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) remind the

public of the annual Geminid Meteor Shower in December.

Meteors result from particles of dust causing the atmosphere to glow as the particles enter the upper atmosphere of the Earth. Following over a century of searching, astronomers in 1983 determined that the parent body for the debris that causes the Geminids is the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. This is a bit unusual since most meteor showers are caused by debris from comets, not asteroids.

Nevertheless, as Phaethon orbits the Sun, it sheds dust particles that remain...

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