Meteor shower tonight expected to be best of the year

Michele Moreno
December 14, 2017

One of this year's best meteor shower display, the Geminids, will be on full display tonight through early Thursday morning.

Bill Cooke with NASA's meteoroid environment office said there will likely be 120 meteors visible per hour over rural skies.

The Geminids are named for the constellation Gemini, the point from which the meteors seem to radiate. That's why some researchers call Phaethon a "rock comet".

And the Geminids meteor shower has already dazzled stargazers in eastern Europe.

The meteor shower will peak overnight December 13-14 according to Cooke, with rates around one per minute under good conditions. The dust and grit burn up when they run into Earth's atmosphere in a flurry of "shooting stars".

You can also follow the Geminid meteors on NASA's All Sky Fireball network page right here. The meteors are usually bright and easy to spot, so you won't need telescopes or binoculars to witness the show.

At its peak, 120 meteors can be seen per hour under flawless conditions. "Suggested gear includes a lawn chair, lots of warm clothing, blankets, cookies or fruit, and a warm, non-alcoholic beverage".

Folks across the north-central and northeastern USA will have to bundle up, as some of the coldest temperatures of the year are expected Wednesday night, AccuWeather said. The sky will be mostly clear, so you won't have clouds blocking your view. To see the ultimate holiday light show from the comfort of your own home, check out the Geminid meteor shower online on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

NASA has a couple of informative videos about the meteor shower.

HollywoodLifers, will you watch the Geminid shower? Earth passes through this stream of debris every December.

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