Geminid meteor shower tonight will be year's best, NASA says

Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight Here’s How To Watch

WEATHER FOR THE METEOR SHOWER: It will be a typically cold December night with temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s during the meteor shower. However, this year the moon is a waning crescent and won't rise until early morning, around 3 a.m.

Star-gazers are in for a treat this week when the annual Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak on Wednesday and Thursday. But not all the meteors visible during the show won't technically be part of the Geminid shower.

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The meteor shower was named after the constellation Gemini because numerous meteors appear to come from that constellation. Some might be from weaker, active showers, Cooke said. "It's either a near-Earth asteroid or an extinct comet, sometimes called a rock comet". Its trail of dust and debris is what makes up the Geminids.

"Spectators of the Geminid meteor shower can expect to see up to 120 meteors per hour shoot across the night sky", explained NASA, in a statement. "With August's Perseids obscured by bright moonlight, the Geminids will be the best shower this year", he said.

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Meteor showers don't require binoculars or telescopes to view - just your eyes.

At its peak, 120 meteors can be seen per hour under ideal conditions. "Alcohol interferes with the eye's dark adaption as well as the visual perception of events", according to Astronomy.com. The best viewing conditions in the country will be across the southern and western US, where not many clouds are expected.

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NASA has a couple of informative videos about the meteor shower. "Geminids can appear anywhere in the sky, so the best direction to watch is wherever your sky is darkest, which is probably straight up".

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