Google Doodle on Thursday took us on a journey to show how the Geminid Meteors flew to Earth.
A slide show reveals how 3200 Pheethon, an asteroid that may be extinct, crumbles when its orbit brings it near our sun and creates a trail of debris. The asteroid is named after the son of the Greek, Apollo.
This is the metamorphic meteors meter, so called because the meteors appear coming from a glow in the constellation Gemini. The first observation recorded was a delivery on the Mississippi River in 1833, and it has been intensifying every year since.
Every December, the Earth passes through this waste cloud and it collides with our atmosphere at 79,000 km (127,000 km) per hour, where it usually crumbles and creates a spectacular light show.
This year, it will peak at about 100 an hour around 2 am, according to Bill Nas's Bill.