By: Zorielys Ramos
What's a meteor shower
A meteor shower occurs when a number of meteors flash seem to radiate(or shoots out from)the same point in the sky.They are usually named for the constellation in which their radiant appears.The meteoroids in a shower usually come from the trail of debris left behind by a comet. In the case of the Geminds and quadrantids,those meteor showers come from the debris scattered by orbiting asteroids. When earths orbit intersects the dust trail,we see more meteors flaring as the cometary debris encounters our planets atmosphere.
Facts about meteor showers
1.Most meteor showers are caused by debris from comets.When earth moves through those debris trails,we see increased numbers of comets.2.Two meteor showers are caused by debris shed by asteroids.The quadrantids are very likely caused by debris from the minor planets 2003 EH1.The Geminid meteor shower comes from debris shed by asteroids 3200 Phaethon.3.The orionid meteor shower(which occurs in late October each year)is created by dust and debris left behind by the passage of comets 1P/HallWay.4.Meteors fall to earth during the day,although we can't see them.5.It's very rare that meteorite will strike a human being.It's more likely that it will fall into the ocean.6.The best time to view a meteor shower is in the morning hours,preferably on a dark,moonless night.7.The earliest records of the presides meteor shower if found in Chinese animals from 36 Ad.