Gemini Meteor Shower By: Ally F.

The December 13-14, 2009 the Geminid meteor shower was one of the best meteor showers of 2009. To see the meteor shower the new moon kept the skies dark enough for us to be about to see 140 meteors per hour. You would also be able to see the most meteors around 12:10 am on December 14th. This meteor shower could last for 1 extra day at the maximum. A geminid is pieces of debris from an object called 3200 Phaethon, which is thought to be an astroid, but is really an extinct comet. Every year Earth runs into debris around mid December which causes meteors to fly from the constellation Gemini. Jupiter has been pushing the debris towards Earth’s orbit, which causes more debris during the shower. After experiencing the shower for a couple of years we could have a 50% increase in meteors to 200 meteors per hour. After this increase the Gemini meteor shower could turn into a fireball shower. In conclusion, the Gemini Meteor Shower would probably be a spectacular event to watch in the night sky.

Discussion Questions:

1. Do you think that after the increase the number will start to drop?

2. If it wans’t a new moon and say it was a full moon, do you think that you would be able to see the meteors as well?



~ by Student Entry on December 15, 2009.

4 Responses to “Gemini Meteor Shower By: Ally F.”

  1. I think after the increase it will start to drop because the more that fall the less there are to fall another time or day. I think it would make it hard to see because that means the light from that moon will block out some of the meteors. Great job Ally!

  2. Wow, good job on the article, Ally! 🙂 I think that after the increase the number will stay about the same because there are always more comets that will become extinct to make the gemini debris. If there was a full moon verses a new moon, it would be harder to see the Gemini shower because the sun’s light will reflect off the moon and make the sky lighter so the gemini will be harder to see. I hope I will be able to see an upcoming Gemini Shower, it sounds like an amazing sight to see!

  3. The January 25, 2010 at 8:50 pm is by Kara F.

  4. I really like your artical! I didn’t see any meteors when I was up though. Great Job!

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