NASA shares spectacular image: Geminids and Friends

On a daily basis NASA releases a different photograph or image (and sometimes a video) of our wonderful universe, along with a professional explanation written by a professional astronomer. NASA calls this the “Astronomy Picture Of The Day, (APOD). Today it was this amazing image “Geminids and Friends.”
Geminids and Friends
Geminids and Friends , Copyright El Cielo de Canarias

“From a radiant in the constellation of the Twins, the annual Geminid meteor shower rained down on our fair planet this week. This beautiful skyscape collects about 70 of Gemini’s lovely shooting stars in a digital composition made from multiple exposures. The exposures were taken over a six hour period near the shower’s peak. The camera was tracking the dark predawn sky on December 14 from Teide National Park on the Canary Island Tenerife. Though Gemini lies off the top left of the frame, the Milky Way sweeps through the starry background. Sharing the sky below and left of center are recognizable stars and nebulosities of Orion. A yellowish Aldebaran and the Hyades are toward the right along with the Pleiades star cluster. Also a welcome visitor to this night sky, the faint green coma of Comet 46P Wirtanen, closest to Earth this weekend, lies below the Pleiades stars. Dust swept up from the orbit of active asteroid 3200 Phaethon, Gemini’s meteors enter Earth’s atmosphere traveling at about 35 kilometers per second.”
by NASA
Gemini
Gemini, third astrological sign in the zodiac.
3200 Phaethon
3200 Phaethon, Apollo asteroid notable for its very small perihelion and for being the progenitor of the Geminid meteor shower.
It was discovered in 1983 by .
Pleiades

Pleiades, open cluster in the constellation of Taurus.
Pleiades is located in the Taurus constellation which is part of the Orion Arm. It is located 136.2 parsec from earth.
Pleiades, open cluster in the constellation of Taurus.
Is is located just 136.2 parsec from Earth
Teide National Park
Teide National Park, national park in Tenerife, Spain.
Milky Way

Milky Way, spiral galaxy in the Local Group containing the Solar System.
Milky Way, spiral galaxy in the Local Group containing the Solar System.
Orion
Orion, constellation.
Aldebaran

Aldebaran, red giant star.
Aldebaran is located in the Taurus constellation .
Aldebaran, red giant star.

Earth

Earth, third planet from the Sun in the Solar System.
Earth, third planet from the Sun in the Solar System.
Hyades
Hyades, star cluster.
Hyades is located in the Taurus constellation .