The comet will be visible to the naked eye when it flies by Sunday.
Past year the asteroid passed closer to Earth than usual, its brightness making it a popular target for telescopes. The Google Doodle shows how as 3200 Phaethon's orbit leads it near the sun, the extreme heat causes it to fracture, thus leaving a trail of debris in its orbital path.
Stargazers and others willing to courageous the cold Thursday and Friday nights are in for a cosmic treat: the Geminid meteor shower is coming. Moving at about 79,000 miles per hour, the Geminids can look as bright as planet Venus, according to USA Today. Gemini's main bright stars are Castor and Pollux, named after the half-twin brothers in Greek and Roman mythology.
When can I see the best meteor showers this December? If you are in India, the best time to watch it is from midnight (12 am) to 2 am on December 14 (Friday). This will occur from late tonight to the early hours of tomorrow morning, with 2am offering ideal viewing conditions.
The best way to view the Geminid meteor shower in India is to move away from polluted areas in the cities to lesser polluted areas, and, ideally, with a clear dark sky at night.
Experts recommend dedicating at least 45 minutes to viewing the meteor shower - as eyes can require up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness.
From 50 to over 100 meteors may be visible per hour. They set out to figure out where it came from, but it took more than a century until Phaethon was discovered.
Usually appearing in bursts of two or three, Geminids travel slower and burn brighter than most other meteors - creating long, glowing arcs of white, yellow, blue, red and green.
Cpl. Chris Cramer was out on patrol on SR 22 near 600 E. shortly before midnight when his dash camera captured a meteor cross the night sky.
Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to cross Ireland on Saturday, but Sunday will be "bright and breezy".
It first became a spectacle shortly in the early 1800s and at that time was weak, and according to NASA, it attracted very little attention.