We’re in for yet another celestial treat as the Geminid Meteor Shower will peak from Sunday, December 13 through Monday, December 14.
Sometimes called “The King of Meteor Showers,” the Geminids will be the most dazzling meteoric display of the year. More than 120 meteors are expected to streak across the sky every hour during its peak, though this number could reach up to 150 meteors every 60 minutes, according to AccuWeather.
The Geminids are not only an ample lot, but, according to NASA, because these meteoroids are debris from an asteroid, they plunge more deeply into the Earth’s atmosphere. This generates long arcs you can see for 1-2 seconds. If you were waiting to wish upon a shooting star, this is the time to do it.
When to see the Geminid Meteor Shower
The shower is technically going on right now (it’s active between December 4 and December 16), but its peak is this Sunday night through early Monday morning.
The absolute best time to see the meteor shower is at 11pm PT Sunday. This is when the shower’s radiant point is at its highest. However, according to AccuWeather, Geminids may be visible beginning at sunset all the way until just before sunrise.
You can still see the Geminids prior to and after its peak, but not as many will be visible. What’s more, there should be better visibility in the US on Monday night to see the meteors.
Where to see the Geminid Meteor Shower
The Geminids are a generous bunch when it comes to who can see them. The shower will be visible in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, though they do favor the north.
Unfortunately, inclement weather in parts of the US may make it difficult to see the shower. If you do have clear skies, head to a sparsely populated area away from city lights. While coming from the southwest, the shower is so far away that it will appear to take up the whole sky.
You may need some time for your eyes to adjust to the darkness, experts suggest, so it could take a bit before you start to see the meteors.
Here’s our favorite tip: The best way to view the shower is to lie on your back and simply look up. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy this annual celestial light show.
Top image credit: NASA