Fire in the sky as intense Geminid meteor shower and total eclipse of the sun occur simultaneously on December 14 in pictures and videos

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Geminid meteor shower and solar eclipse takes place on Dec 14th… And don’t forget the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction on December 21 2020

This weekend, Earth is passing through a stream of debris from Apollo-type potentially hazardous asteroid 3200 Phaethon, source of the annual Geminid meteor shower. More than 60 meteors per hour will light up the skies on the night of Dec. 13/14.

In parallel, on Monday, Dec. 14th, the New Moon will pass in front of the sun, producing a total eclipse in southern Chile and Argentina. Wow! can you imagine that?

Geminid meteor shower

The Geminid meteor lasts from December 4 to 17 and peaks in the night of Dec 13th/14th every year.

The Geminids is often one of the best annual showers of the year, with at least 60 fireballs per hour. On great years, you can even see more than 100 meteors an hour at peak of intensity.

I think those guys in Norway had the time of their lives. Look at the fireball flying across vivid northern lights! Just awesome!

The darker the sky, the more meteors you’ll see. And this is what we will have this year thanks to a perfectly-timed New Moon on Dec. 14th.

This picture was captured on Dec 12th over Puerto Rico. It features sprites and an amazing sequence of Geminid fireballs. Hopefully it will look the same tonight!

Geminid meteor shower
Geminid meteor shower. Frankie Lucena via Spaceweather

All annual meteor showers have comets as their sources, but not the Geminids. Astronomers know that 3200 Phaethon, an Apollo-type potentially hazardous asteroid with a diameter of 5.1 km, is the source of the Geminid meteor shower.

But what is 3200 Phaethon? A comet? An asteroid? Something in-between? Its curious nature keeps astronomers puzzling. – Earthsky

Total solar eclipse on December 14

On Monday, Dec. 14th, the New Moon will pass in front of the sun, producing a total eclipse in southern Chile and Argentina.

At maximum, the sun will be hidden for 2 minutes and 10 seconds, revealing the sun’s ghostly corona to onlookers inside the Moon’s shadow.

The sky will darken, a cool breeze will move across the landscape, and night birds will sing at midday. On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s a million.

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Total eclipse of the sun over Chile and Argentina on December 14, 2020. Picture by Rodrigo Alonso on December 14, 2020 @ Pucon, Chile via SWG

But residents of Chile and Argentina will have a hard time reaching the path of totality as large parts of both countries, especially Chile, are experiencing travel restrictions and lockdowns.

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Total eclipse of the sun over Chile and Argentina on December 14, 2020. Picture by Rodrigo Alonso on December 14, 2020 @ Pucon, Chile via SWG

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    The US government imposed sanctions on two Iranian senior Intelligence Ministry for the kidnapping and “probable death” of former FBI agent Robert Levinson who disappeared in Iran’s Kish Island almost 14 years ago.

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  3. More snow headed in tonight. Second year in a row, no meteor shower.
    I was all psyched up yesterday, and earlier today. We may get some clearing with 35mph winds. So, I will try again anyway.

  4. Out here, on a clear night, I can see the Milky Way. I got my chaise lounge, down jacket, and blanket ready. We have clear sky now, but in the mountains it can change. Hopefully, a good show. I see a lot of sky wonders out here.

    Back about four years ago, I had awakened before 0400hrs. Ducks and geese were making distress sounds.

    Happens alot. So, I have to get up, and send dogs. About three minutes later, an enormous fireball/bolite exploded on my Western sky, about 60 miles from me.

    The entire area was as bright as noon in July for about 2 seconds. After the darkness came back to normal, I could see exploded fragments flaming out. Took my breath away.
    Local News reported it, but the ring doorbell footage wasn’t as good as my front row seat. News said it exploded 60 miles from my ranch. Rock hounds went up looking for debris.

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