You saw your town’s boat show and your local beach’s holiday light show. Now, the sky is set to put on a sparkling display all on its own. Look up this week as the Geminids Meteor Shower peaks in festive fashion.
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Why see the Geminids Meteor Shower?
This celestial space event is known for being bright, and scientists say that it’s best viewed from Earth’s Northern Hemisphere. Despite a full moon at its peak, the shower is expected to light up the starry sky with an intense cosmic show.
When is the Geminids Meteor Shower?
The Geminids Meteor Shower begins on Dec. 4 and runs through Dec. 17 but is expected to light up the sky at its peak on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The best time to spot the cosmic light show is between sunset and sunrise.
How do I spot the Geminids Meteor Shower?
No need for any special equipment to spot this space shower—just grab a sleeping bag, head outside and look up. Although the meteors originate from the Gemini constellation they will appear in all areas of the sky and can be best seen around 2am. From a dark location, stargazers can expect to see up to 100 meteors per hour.
Where does the Geminids Meteor Shower come from?
The Geminids Meteor Shower originates from asteroid 3200 Phaethon, a celestial mass referred to as a rock comet. When the comet intersects Earth’s orbit, swinging close to the sun, its body cracks and crumbles sending debris into the atmosphere.
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