The Geminid meteor bath, so known as because it usually show from the constellation Gemini, was noticeable Wednesday night time as it is every November, and it was a amazing present.
During the meteor bath, skygazers could see some 80 to 120 meteors take through the sky, thought to be caused by trash decreased from a near-Earth stone comet known as 3200 Phaethon.
But as the Christian Science Monitor reports, scientists and meteor watchers aren’t certain where all the material comes from, as 3200 Phaethon “doesn't seem to shed enough rock and dust to account for the shower's intensity.”
The debris gap was identified last year, the Monitor reports, but researchers are still puzzling over it.
NASA astronomer Bill Cooke says the Geminids are his “favorite,” because they “defy explanation.”
While a nearly-full moon Tuesday made some of the meteors more difficult to see, one watcher east of San Jose, Skywardlight, captured this incredible footage of the shower.