"Year's Best" Meteor Shower Peaks Monday Night

Attention sky watchers! Grab a lawn chair and bundle up because what experts believe will be this year's best meteor shower peaks on Monday night December 13.

In the hours around midnight the Geminids will streak across the night sky at rates of a meteor per minute or more.

"I think that the Geminids should be the best shower this year," said Bill Cooke, a meteor-shower expert with the Space Environment Group at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. "There's no moon so conditions will be perfect as long as you don't mind freezing a bit."

While most meteor showers are at their best only in the early morning hours, the Geminids aid the sleepy by appearing in good numbers before midnight.

"You can begin to see the Geminids almost as soon as it gets dark," Cooke said. "You won't see many but you'll see them and you can see them all night."

Like many recurring meteor showers, the Geminids are named for the constellation from which they appear to originate.


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