PHOTOS: Geminid Meteor Shower Dazzles Viewers as Stars Fly Across Sky

by Shelby Scott
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Our night sky frequently presents Outsiders with wondrous views and experiences. In the lastest of astronomical events, photos and videos from last night’s spectacular Geminids Meteor Shower show a collection of bright shooting stars flying through the sky.

Newsweek reports the Geminids Meteor Shower was most active between the evening of December 13th and early on December 14th. However, for those hoping to glimpse of the show, the meteor shower is supposed to last through December 17th. Although, viewers might have to practice a bit more patience as fewer shooting stars cross the skies later this week.

Regardless, images and footage capture some beautiful sights. And for those who missed the Tuesday night display, we’re here to share them with you. Check it out.

Still photos definitely heighten the impact of the experience as it captures the collection of shooting stars across the sky in a single moment. However, video footage is always welcome and the below Tweet captures several bright streaks as they plummet through our atmosphere before burning up.

Ahead of holiday craziness, we hope you star-fascinated Outsiders find the opportunity to head outside and check out the stars this week.

Geminids Meteor Shower Promises Colorful Show

Tuesday night surely presented the best view of the Geminids Meteor Shower. However, as it doesn’t officially conclude until the end of the week, here are some things to pay attention to as you search the sky tonight and through until Friday.

While all meteor showers possess a beauty of their own, this month’s Geminid meteor shower promises a show of bright, fast, and multi-colored streaks of light. NASA representative Bill Cooke even remarked on the bright colored balls of light set to take to the skies this week with, “Rich in green-colored fireballs, the Geminids are the only shower I will brave cold December nights to see.”

With frigid temperatures populating many regions across the U.S., it definitely takes a passionate and committed Outsider to brave night time cold in order to view the Geminids.

As for the Geminids origin, it’s interestingly one of few major meteor showers that don’t result from a comet. Instead, the December shower originates from the 19,000-foot asteroid identified as 3200 Phaethon. Debris from the asteroid gets sucked into our atmosphere at an impressive speed of 80,000 miles per hour. From there, the debris vaporizes, turning into these intriguing colorful streaks.

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