The Geminids Meteor Shower is one of Earth's biggest and brightest annual meteor showers. This year, the Geminids will be active from December 4-17, peaking on December 14th, when over 150 meteors per hour will streak across the sky. Although best viewed at least 60 miles from major urban areas, some of these meteors will be visible right in the heart of Shanghai. The Geminids are the remnants of 3200 Phaethon, itself a large asteroid which broke apart as it neared the sun. Still, the asteroid remains largely intact with a trail of smaller asteroids that will shower our sky. On December 6th, join Foreign Service Officer Lawrence Foster, who is also a NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA/JPL) Solar System Ambassador, in a discussion about the Geminids and, more broadly, NASA’s current missions to visit other remnants of the solar system’s formation. The NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador program works with passionate and motivated citizen scientists to share the latest science and discoveries related to the U.S. space program. These Solar System Ambassadors teach, train, and present NASA’s findings at events around the world. This informal discussion will help you share the excitement of the upcoming Geminids with your family and friends.
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*Please be aware that laptops are prohibited in the Shanghai American Center, and we are unable to provide storage.
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