Great viewing for Geminid Meteor Shower tonight

Viewing forecast

She said: "We are in luck this year as the moon will be a thin waning crescent during the peak and will not rise until a few hours before dawn on the 14th". And this year the moon is so small that it won't give off too much light.

The National Weather Service indicates the sky will be mostly clear for the meteor shower Wednesday night with a temperature near 57.

Why does this matter? Not all the meteors you might see belong to the Geminid shower, however. Also, remember that all shooting stars visible in the sky should not necessarily be Geminids.

The Geminid meteor shower was first recorded in 1833.

A great night ahead for viewing the meteor shower. Most of these are about the size of a grain of sand.

This almost 200-year-old meteor shower is associated with the near-Earth asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Usually, meteor showers are caused by by-passing comets.

Emanating from the bright constellation of Gemini, the shower is close near the three easily spotted stars that comprise Orion's belt.

Constellations are attractive to look at but they aren't just there for show.

The shower will start at approximately 10 pm on 13 December when the Gemini constellation will be noticeable in the north-eastern sky.

For more information on the Geminid shower you can check NASA's Meteor Watch Facebook page where meteor expert Bill Cooke fielded questions from an audience in a live stream on Tuesday.

Although this meteor shower happens every year, this year is expected to be the one best yet. If you're in a city, try to get outside of it to make sure the city lights do not get in the way.

It's the holiday season and one of the best perks of that is the handsome lights to celebrate the joyous occasions.

But there are a few things Marshall Mattson suggests - one being to go somewhere that is completely dark.

You could start looking for the showers around 9 p.m. and the show will continue up until 5 a.m. People watching after midnight - at peak - should look to the east of the constellation for the best viewing.

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