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Geminids are pieces of debris from an object called 3200 Phaethon. Long thought to be an asteroid, Phaethon is now classified as an extinct comet. Basically it is the rocky skeleton of a comet that lost its ice after too many close encounters with the sun. Earth runs into a stream of debris from 3200 Phaethon every year in mid-December, causing meteors to fly from the constellation Gemini. When the Geminids first appeared in the late 19th century, shortly before the U.S. Civil War, the shower was weak and attracted little attention. There was no hint that it would ever become a major display.
Originally posted by StealthyKat
reply to post by Atlantien
I don't think they would tell us because people would panic. In this case, there wasn't any danger of it hitting the earth, but it was close in that it was between the earth and moon. There is so much we don't hear about for exactly that reason. Like a few months ago when we didn't have full control of our nuclear missiles for 20 minutes! Really, if an asteroid was DEFINITLY hit the earth, I don't think I would want to know....can you imagine sitting there for weeks waiting to die? LOL! If you didn't know, you would only have to endure a few minutes of terror....then *poof*....you're ash.
(2010 XG3) 2010-Dec-28 0.1442 56.1 120 m - 260 m 21.8 5.20
(2010 AF3) 2010-Dec-28 0.1483 57.7 16 m - 36 m 26.1 6.41