The Geminid meteor shower of 2014 reaches its peak at midnight of 13th of December. The incredible shower pleased sky watchers of the Northern Hemisphere on weekend.
The Geminid shower occurred every year in the month of December. The scientists called it a Geminid shower as it emerges from a Gemini constellation. A rocket comet known as 3200 Phaethon flies nearby sun every year. Earlier, scientists used to believe that 3200 Phaethon is an asteroid.
Such a close encounter with sun compels the surface of the rock comet to lose its debris. The rocket comet blasts the fragments of dust and gravel all over the sky. These fragments caused Phaethon in the sky.
NASA explains in details that actually it is the rocky skeleton of the comet whose ice melts after a close encounter with the sun.
This time Geminid meteor shower was listed as the strongest shower of the year. The pieces of the rock comet gained the attention everyone whether it’s a member of NASA or a Facebook user.
NASA reported that the rock comet. It was a natural firework which releases nearly 60 shooting stars every hour. The stars lit up the entire sky with numerous colors.
People of South Caroline and Simpsonville observed the shower for a long time period of 30 to 40 minutes. The shower was so clear that it can be effortlessly seen through naked eyes.