Annual Geminid meteor shower will once again light up the earth sky

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It will be a starry starry night this December.

The Geminid meteor shower will once again light up the dark sky, as the Philippines together with the rest of the world, will witness the annual Geminids meteor shower from December 14-17.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), more meteor showers will be witnessed from the evening of December 14 until dawn of December 15 in the eastern sky.

Every year the Geminids become most active when the Earth passes through the debris trail of an object called 3200 Phaethon. As the dust from the debris burns up into the Earth’s atmosphere, people down on the planet see the lights shooting across the sky.

According to Click Orlando, this year Phaethon will be the closest to Earth since 1983; making it a prime time for astronomers to study the rocky object up close.

PAGASA said it is open to conduct stargazing and telescoping sessions upon request.