The annual Geminid Meteor shower peaked on the 13th and 14th of December providing a shooting star display for spectators. The shower was visible from almost any place on Earth and was at its most spectacular on Thursday night to Friday morning as dozens of meteors streaked across the sky every hour.

Despite their bright appearance, the Geminids displayed were not stars but pieces of debris from an extinct comet 3200 Phaethon. Every year in December, the earth runs into a stream of debris from 3200 Phaethon, resulting in meteors flying from the constellation Gemini.

Those with clear skies were able to see the meteors as bright streaks originating from a point near the star Castor in the Gemini constellation, however fog hindered visibility in some areas.

Listen to the Chairman of Astronomy Ireland, David Moore give an interview about the Geminid Meteor Shower Here.