Geminid Meteor Shower 2017: How and When to Watch

The Geminid meteors will shower the sky with shooting lights just in time for Christmas

The viewing this year is supposed to be extremely clear so you are likely to still catch glimpses. The moon is only 19 percent full Wednesday night and doesn't rise until about 2:30 a.m. Meteor shower. This is quite rare.

Why does this matter?

The annual Geminid meteor shower will peak Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

Night-time sky-watchers willing to fearless the cold can look forward to a spectacular display of shooting stars tonight. While the Geminids are more visible in the Northern Hemisphere, the Southern won't miss out on the light show either.

The forecast is cloudy with some snow overnight, so chances of great viewing aren't good.

Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through a trail of dust or debris created by an asteroid. The Geminids specifically are associated with an asteroid called the 3200 Phaethon.

Here are some tips to make the most of the meteor shower.

The Geminds are named for the Gemini constellation in the northeastern nigh sky, from which they appear to emanate.

Constellations are lovely to look at but they aren't just there for show.

The bright and intensely colored meteor will move slower than average from the Gemini constellation.

For more information on the Geminid shower you can check NASA's Meteor Watch Facebook page where meteor expert Bill Cooke fielded questions from an audience in a live stream on Tuesday.

While there are a number of meteor showers all year long, the Geminid Meteor Shower will be the most spectacular of all.

NASA is predicting the meteor rates could be as high as 60 per hour in dark areas with little light pollution to blot out even the faintest shooting stars.

WEATHER FOR THE METEOR SHOWER: It will be a typically cold December night with temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s during the meteor shower. However, I'd advise trying to get somewhere dark.

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