The Geminids can be observed from December 7 to 17th, being the maximum point of activity from the 11th to 13th. Of all the debris streams through which the Earth passes annually, the Geminids is by far the most massive .

Although the full moon is on December 11th, this rain of stars is characterized by being bright. So, you can see a good show. Another factor is that in winter they pass more slowly and can be seen more clearly. Obviously one has to get away from the light pollution of the cities and look for clear skies to be able to see them.

UP TO 120 METEoRS PER HOUR flyny AT ITS MOST EXCELLENT MOMENT.

Why are they called Geminides?

They bear this name because the point in the sky where these meteors seem to be “born”, what is called their radiant, is the constellation of Gemini. Which is located near the Orion belt

The origin of the Geminids was a mystery until the ‘Stereo’ solar probes confirmed the appearance of a small tail to the asteroid ‘3200 Phaeton’ (at its closest approach to the sun or perihelion), the only object that moved in the same orbit than the cloud of meteoroids that cause the Geminids.

Last year this is how it looked from Teide in Tenerife, Canary Islands.

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