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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