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Geminids Meteorite Shower Visible from Iceland Tonight

Ómar Sigurðsson witnessed a meteorite shower in the winter sky while on his way from Reykjavík to Eyrarbakki in South Iceland yesterday evening. The event is forecast to peak tonight and tomorrow.

rvk-yfirsyn-sunset_psReykjavík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“It’s a 30-minute drive and I saw at least 21 shooting stars,” Ómar, who was awestruck after the event, told visir.is. “I parked the car by the turn-off to Eyrarbakki and gazed up into the sky. The weather was beautiful, clear, cold and fairly calm.”

The meteorite shower is known as Geminids after the Gemini astrological sign. The celestial event is created when streams of cosmic debris enter the Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories.

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