Skywatchers are in for a treat this week as one of the last meteor showers of the year will peak on Wednesday, December 13. The Geminids meteor shower, which will last until December 17, will peak in brightness and shooting stars tonight, extending well into the morning hours of Thursday, December 14.
The Geminids aren’t the brightest meteor shower to occur this year, but it will be one of the last big events that skywatchers have to get out and enjoy the beauty of the cosmos as they come close to our planet. According to NASA, the Geminids come from debris left by rock comet 3200 Phaethon.
The Geminids meteor show will be very clear tonight as well, since the shower’s peak is during the New Moon phase. That means outdoor lighting conditions should be ideal for this kind of event, and the Geminids are expected to fall at a rate of up to 150 meteors per hour.
The best place to view these meteor showers is in the countryside far from artificial lighting sources like streetlamps. People in rural areas will be able to just walk outside and get a good chance to spot some of the falling meteors, while those in the city may have a harder time.
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For the best possible chance of spotting the Geminids meteors falling, it’s recommended to head outside when the sky is darkest, just after midnight but before sunrise. After you get to your viewing location, you should wait around 30 to 45 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness.
Because of how many meteors are expected to fall each hour during the Geminids shower, the shower should be easier to spot than other meteor showers throughout the year. The Leonid meteor shower peaks last month, so the Geminids are one of your last chances to spot falling space rocks before we head into 2024.
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