Geminid meteor shower winds down

Published: Dec. 17, 2015 at 1:04 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:11 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - You may still see some meteors at night this week, but they are far fewer than a few nights ago.

The Geminid meteor shower peaked Sunday night and Monday night.

Spaceweather.com says, "NASA's network of all-sky meteor cameras detected 'only' 58 Geminid fireballs last night, compared to 148 fireballs the night before. This is a sign that Earth is exiting the gravelly debris stream of rock comet 3200 Phaethon."

We've been mentioning the meteor shower in our newscasts this week, but it's probably been too cold for must of us to get out and enjoy the show.

The next meteor shower is the Quandrantids; which peaks before dawn on Jan. 4, 2016. This one is capable of producing up to 100 meteors per hour, according to earthsky.org, but it has a short-peak period which may only last a few hours, and sometimes you have to be at the right place on Earth at the right time.

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