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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 - 11:36
Meteor shower expected to brighten sky today
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A 3-mile (5 km) wide asteroid, named 3200 Phaethon, will come 'close' to Earth this week, bringing with it the stunning Geminids meteor shower.
The shower will peak this night when up to 120 shooting stars could tear through our skies every hour.
 
The much-awaited shower is one of the most spectacular celestial events of the year and the shooting stars are bright and easy to spot from all over the world.
 
A few days later the vast space rock 3200 Phaethon, described by Nasa as 'potentially hazardous', will pass 6.4 million miles (10.3m km) from Earth - which is extremely close in space terms.
 
Earth runs into a stream of debris from 3200 Phaethon every year in mid-December, causing meteors to fly from the constellation Gemini.
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