Meteor shower will be visible in the area

Camille Francis
December 15, 2017

Yes, it might be cold where you live, but meteor showers are worth a little shivering.

The Geminids are active every December, when Earth passes through a massive trail of dusty debris shed by a weird, rocky object named 3200 Phaethon.

Skies should be mainly clear this evening for the meteor shower, one of the best of the year. The celestial event will stand out by the absence of bright moonlight, as the moon will be a waning crescent and barely visible.

Visible all around the world, the Geminids will peak between 7:30 p.m. this evening and dawn on Thursday morning no matter where you are.

The Geminid meteor shower 2017 has the potential to be one of the best ever when it brightens the sky this week.

The most prolific meteor shower of the year could involve up to 120 meteors streaking across the night sky every hour.

You may have heard of the Geminid meteor shower, but if not, you are in for a treat. The asteroid was discovered in 1983.

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Sky & Telescope calls it "the shower we've been waiting for".

To increase chances of catching sight of as many meteors as possible, Wibisono advises getting away from the city lights and into an open area with no tall trees or buildings obscuring the horizon.

British Columbians, it's your view the the Geminids meteor shower!

The Nation Weather Service says that skies are looking mostly clear across the Bay Area during the meteor shower. When its grit burns up in our atmosphere, it creates the shooting star effect. Don't forget to give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness. There's the Everglades, of course, but be careful if you're out in the swamp after dark to see the streaks in the sky.

For stargazers not willing to fearless the cold, Space.com will be airing a live broadcast of the Geminids, courtesy of NASA, beginning at 5:40 p.m.

The shower could be seen across Earth's Northern Hemisphere, peaking around 2:00 a.m. local time.

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