3200 Phaethon


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geminid meteor shower, december meteor shower

The Geminids are an annual meteor shower that usually occurs from December 7 to 17 and peaks around December 13 or 14.

The Geminids typically have a zenithal hourly rate of 75 or more meteors. The meteor shower is produced by 3200 Phaethon, an object long suspected to be a Palladian asteroid that has an unusual orbit, one that takes it closer to the Sun than any other named asteroid.
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