The king of meteor showers peaks this week

in Misc. News & Events


ORLANDO, Fla. – Arguably the best meteor shower of the year peaks at the end of this week. Unlike the “Unicorn” meteor shower in November which didn’t live up to the hype, the Geminids are one of the most reliable meteor showers.

The Geminids, like this summer’s Perseids, produce a great deal of shooting stars, but the one thing the Perseids lack is color.

Most of the meteor showers witnessed on Earth are comet debris that crosses Earth’s orbit. The Geminids are made up of debris from an asteroid, meaning different elements are present. These elements burn at different colors as the dust-size particles burn up in the atmosphere.

Take a look at the graphic below to see which color meteor matches with its chemical composition.

Meteor color by composition.
Meteor color by composition.