Geminid meteor shower peaks this week

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Geminid meteor shower happens every December, spitting out as many as 100 to 120 fast-moving meteors per hour. The annual show is a fan-favorite because of it’s high meteor count, if the clouds cooperate. 

Right now, it appears the skies over West Michigan will hide most of the meteors. 

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Still, there is a good chance of catching at least a “shooting star” or two in the early morning hours of Thursday and Friday when the shower reaches its peak.

The meteor shower happens every year in December as the debris from Comet 3200 Patheon gets thrown into Earth’s atmosphere. The tiny bits of space rock will appear as quick streaks of light as they burn up in our atmosphere. 

An excellent meteor was caught streaking across the sky in New Mexico this week. The meteors expected with the Geminid meteor shower wouldn’t be quite as bright or large, but they will be more frequent.

Meteor showers are annual events. One of the most popular meteor showers is the Perseid meteor shower, which happens each August due to the high meteor count and warmer temperatures.

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