BY AMY SAYLE
One of the best meteor showers of the year—the Geminid meteor shower—peaks tonight (Thursday 12/13/12).
Although meteors are sometimes called “shooting stars,” they aren’t stars. The streaks of light are created when bits of cosmic debris are vaporized in Earth’s atmosphere. In the case of the Geminids, the debris has been left by a small asteroid, 3200 Phaethon. Every year around this time, Earth’s orbit takes us through this stream of particles.
When to look for the Geminid meteors: