This stunning wonder of nature takes place as our planet travels through the tail of an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon, which is due to brush nail-bitingly close to our planet on December 17. "The thin, fading crescent Moon will not spoil the show". Where to see the Geminids Meteor Shower?
"The shower stays active for pretty much the entire month of December in some form or another, but the real peak activity is on that night of the 13th to the morning of the 14th", Chester said.
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But before it zooms past Earth, its debris will plunge into our atmosphere and explode as shooting stars.
Wednesday is expected to be rainy and wintry, so it's not looking hopeful for anyone who wants to see the Geminids at their peak. Avoid as many lights as possible, find a safe spot to lay down on a blanket, and look toward the darkest part of the sky.
NASA considers the Geminids one of the best and most reliable meteor showers - a better cosmic show than the Perseids meteor shower that get plenty of attention in August. In the southern hemisphere, you will have a subdued but still lovely show because Gemini doesn't rise very high above the local horizon. NASA suggests that any night you head out to catch a meteor shower, that you get away from light pollution, so if you're in a city head to the suburbs. They also suggest to give your eyes about 20 minutes to adapt to the dark for optimal viewing. "When you see a meteor, attempt to trace it backwards", said Cooke.
Not all the meteorites you might see belong to the Geminid shower, however.