The South Carolina Sky Will Light Up With Shooting Stars And A Nearly Full Moon This Week During The Geminid Meteor Shower
Santa isn’t the only thing expected to fly through the skies over South Carolina this December. This week marks the peak of a meteor shower that lasts for many days. The Geminid Meteor Shower is the most prolific of the season and is expected to produce up to 120 meteors per hour this Friday night.
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The Geminid Meteor Shower is one of only two major meteor showers that don’t originate from a comet. Instead, Geminid’s bright shooting stars (they’re not stars, of course…) are believed to originate from an object known as 3200 Phaethon that astronomers believe to be a Palladian asteroid. In the very best of viewing conditions, Geminid meteors can number nearly 200 per hour.
Set a reminder on your phone now so you won’t miss the opportunity to see this spectacular sky show this weekend. Meteors are actually visible for days before and after the peak, so if the night sky is expected to be cloudy on the 13th you can get an early start and be on the lookout for a few days before and after the peak.
Robin Jarvis is a travel and entertainment writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She spent more than two decades living on the coast in South Carolina and currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina - although she still makes it back to see family in South Carolina quite often. When she's not working, she loves to hike, kayak, and check out new adventures. Get in touch at [email protected]
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