17:48 GMT16 April 2021
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    Meteor showers, which are usually named after their radiant point or the constellation from which they come, are rocky debris left by comets that burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.

    This year's Geminid meteor shower is taking place from 4 December to 17 December, with the peak occurring between 13 and 14 of December.

    The Geminids are produced as Earth moves through a stream of debris left behind by asteroid 3200 Phaethon.

    Although people have the chance to see a shooting star any night of the year, meteor showers tremendously increase these odds. The Geminids, as well as the Perseids - another major meteor shower, is able to produce more than 100 of these space rocks an hour.

    This year, however, those who would like to see this majestic event could face a problem due to an almost full moon set to take place exactly when the meteor shower is expected to peak.

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