The Geminid meteor shower peaks December 13/14

The year's most spectacular meteor shower is this weekend

How to Spot This Year's Spectacular Geminids Meteor Shower

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, so hope for clear skies that will let you see a attractive show of green fireballs on Thursday and Friday.

The meteor shower that occurs every year is brought to the Earth's atmosphere by an asteroid called Phaethon which was discovered by a satellite 35 years ago.

The meteors are known as the Geminids because they appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini.

A general view of the Geminid meteor shower, in El Teide National Park on the Canary Island of Tenerife, on December 13, 2012.

The Geminid Meteor Shower is known as one of the most dazzling "shooting star" displays that happen each December.

To experience the celestial show, you do not need to have a telescope or binoculars.

If you are eager to see the shower yourself, you won't need any special equipment or need to travel far.

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The Geminid meteor shower will grace skies tonight as hundreds of bright meteors fly from rock asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Although they are visible from dusk until dawn, the meteors peak around 2AM. The fact you'll see so much light is specifically because these objects are burning up in our atmosphere.

Clear skies, unfortunately, have been something of a rarity, but if stargazing is your thing, keep your fingers crossed for clear conditions later this week because the skies are going to light up with the biggest meteor shower of the year.

"Expect to see up to 120 meteors per hour from a dark sky location, but only after the first quarter moon sets around midnight your local time".

Google says Phaethon is named after the ancient Greek god Apollo's son.

For those unwilling to stay up on a week night, Mrs O'Connor said earlier viewings would still offer a shooting star at least every minute. It could be either a near-Earth asteroid or an extinct comet, sometimes called a rock comet.

"Those with really dark skies-away from city and suburb lights-should see as many as 100 Geminids per hour when Gemini is highest around 2 AM", Bill Coa ok, lead of NASA's Meteoroid Environments Office, told Newsweek. Watch meteors showers observed in the skies over Daytona Beach, Florida, during the 2018 Geminid shower by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

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