How to see and where to watch the Geminid meteor shower at its peak — NASA says skies are ideal for viewing it. – DNyuz

How to see and where to watch the Geminid meteor shower at its peak — NASA says skies are ideal for viewing it.

The last spectacular meteor shower of the year is fast approaching, and it’ll be a particularly exceptional one you won’t want to miss. How and when can you see the Geminid Meteor Shower?

According to NASA, the Geminids are one of best annual meteor showers. They occur every December in the middle.

While most meteor showers come from comet debris, the Geminids come from a large asteroid-like object called 3200 Phaethon.

When to see the Geminid meteor shower

This year, the Geminids will peak on the night of December 13 and into the early morning hours of December 14, Bill Cooke, lead of NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office, told Business Insider.

Star gazers in the Northern Hemisphere should be able to spot the spectacular display as early as 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. local time, according to NASA.

NASA says that the meteor showers will be visible worldwide.

And the showers this year will be particularly brilliant — and much better than last year — because the moon will only be 1% illuminated on the night of Dec. 13, Cooke told BI.

Without moonlight interfering, Cooke said, you should see a Geminid about one to every two minutes on the peak side.

“So, it will be a good year for Geminids,” Cooke said to BI. “This is the year of the Geminids.”

Where to see the Geminid meteor shower

For the best view of the showers, you’ll need to go outside somewhere away from city lights and street lights, according to NASA. The darker the sky, the better.

“Lie flat on your back with your feet facing south and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible,” NASA suggests. “After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.”

You’ll probably want to bring a few blankets and dress warmly, depending on where you live. Cooke suggests bringing some hot chocolate along to make the experience extra special.

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