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Prolific Geminid meteor shower peaks Saturday night: Watch it live!
Prolific Geminid meteor shower peaks Saturday night: Watch it live!

Grab your hot chocolate and your lounge chair -- the Geminid meteor shower will peak on Saturday evening and you don't want to miss it. The annual Geminid meteor shower is one of the best of the year, delivering as many as 120 meteors per hour. "As far as rates ... go, it's much better than the Perseids," said Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Environment Office. "If you can stand the cold." The Geminids occur when Earth passes through a stream of dust and small rocks that lie in the orbital path of a mystery object called Phaethon 3200. These bits of debris burn up in our atmosphere, causing shooting stars to streak across the sky. ...

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