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Geminid meteor shower dazzles star gazers


Staff writers
December 14, 2012 — The Geminid meteor shower put on quite the show for star gazers who stayed up late enough to witness the natural spectacle.


The Geminid meteor shower peaked overnight between December 13th and 14th
The Geminid meteor shower peaked overnight between December 13th and 14th

The annual meteor shower lit up the sky as it peaked overnight between December 13th and 14th. 

According to NASA, the Geminids are a relatively young shower that was first noticed in the 1830's with a low number of meteors noticeable. 

Over time the number of visible meteors has increased with the shower regularly spewing between 80 and 120 per hour. 

This years Geminids received a boost from debris left behind by the comet Wirtanen. 

NASA said that the comet dust could have created up to 30 additional meteors per hour. 

The Geminid meteor shower happens every December and gets its name from the constellation Gemini.

With files from CNN

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