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The Geminids meteor shower peaks this weekend. NASA's solar probe just spotted the giant trail of asteroid dust for the first time ever.

The Geminids meteor shower peaks this weekend. NASA's solar probe just spotted the giant trail of asteroid dust for the first time ever.
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The Geminids meteor shower, a trail of asteroid dust that Earth passes through each December, peaks on Friday.




NASA's record-breaking Parker Solar Probe spotted the dust trail from space for the first time ever.




As it circles the sun 21 more times, the probe will help scientists study the unknown structure of the Geminids trail.




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The Geminids meteor shower peaks on Friday night, and for the first time ever, a spacecraft has spotted the asteroid dust that makes those shooting stars.
Since NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched in August 2018, it has rocketed around the sun three times, getting closer than any spacecraft before it and traveling faster than any other human-made object in history. Scientists released findings from the probe's first batch of data this month, which revealed never-before-seen activity in the plasma and energy at the edges of the sun's atmosphere.
The spacecraft also stumbled upon the never-before-seen trail of asteroid dust that we know as the Geminids.
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