Geminid Meteor Shower lighting up the sky: Here’s when to watch

Look up! There will be an out-of-this world show in the night sky later this week.

The Geminid Meteor Shower will reach its peak on the night of Dec. 13 into the wee morning hours of Dec. 14.

Source: NASA

According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, it will be the brightest show ever.

“The best time to view the Geminids is around 2 a.m. local time,” Cooke said in an article on Space.com. “The moon will be first quarter, so it will set around midnight; there will be no moonlight to interfere with the Geminids this year.”

During the meteor shower’s peak, you should be able to see more than 1 per minute, reaching about 100 meteors per hour.

The show will start at midnight and dawn Thursday, Dec. 13 into Friday, Dec. 14.

It is best to be outside for about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

The best time to view the shower will be around 2 a.m. but some can be seen as early as 9 to 10 p.m.

To enhance the experience, bring binoculars and brush up on your constellations.

See more info from Heartland Weekend.

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