Geminid meteor shower to peak overnight Wednesday

December’s Geminids are expected to be the best meteor shower of the year. Photo by Asim Patel/Wikimedia/CC

Dec. 13 (UPI) — Prepare to be wowed — and cold. The Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight, as temperatures dip across much of the United States.

For those willing to brave the cold — or for those in Florida — it’s expected to be a show well-worth the extra layers.

“With August’s Perseids obscured by bright moonlight, the Geminids will be the best shower this year,” NASA astronomer Bill Cooke said in a news release. “The thin, waning crescent Moon won’t spoil the show.”

The ideal viewing time will last from 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday until the dawn on Thursday morning. The meat of the viewing window will feature the highest concentration of shooting stars.

Most meteor showers happen when Earth’s orbit passes through a trail of rocky debris left behind by a comet. As the cometary debris burns up in the atmosphere, fiery trails streak across the sky.

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2017-12-13T15:10:53+00:00 December 13th, 2017|