Monday, 10 December 2012

Still a Mystery: Gemind Meteor Shower Peaks Dec. 13-14

Rock Comet Meteor Shower






Dec. 9, 2012:  Every year in mid-December, astronomers look up in the sky and witness a mystery. It announces itself with a flurry of shooting stars. For several nights in a row, dozens to hundreds of meteors per hour cut across the glistening constellations of winter, each one a little puzzle waiting to be solved.

"It's the Geminid meteor shower--set to peak on Dec. 13th and 14th," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "Although the Geminids come every year, we still don't fully understand them."

Rock Comet Meteor Shower
A ScienceCast video explores how a "rock comet" can produce a meteor shower like the Geminids. Play it

More - Link >>> http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/09dec_rockcomet/

Source: NASA Science News.

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