Geminid Meteor Shower puzzle

geminid meteor shower origin mystery

The Geminids are a meteor shower that happens every December. NASA says astronomers consider it one of the "best and most reliable" showers of the year, but the shower actually did not start occurring until very recently (in astronomical and human terms).

geminids meteor meteorite shower puzzleFirst reports of the shower emerged in the mid-1800s, but at the time there were only 10-20 meteors per hour. These days, it's more like 120 meteors at the peak.

Geminids Meteor ShowerAstronomers are puzzled about the number of meteors observed. While scientists have known for a generation about the source of the shower – an asteroid named 3200 Phaethon – the volume of the shower's meteors is strange given the observed amount of debris.
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