Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Wednesday night

It appears there will be a few clouds around Wednesday night and Thursday, but there might be just enough of a break to watch the shooting stars. The peak night for the Geminid meteor shower will be Wednesday night into early Thursday.  The best viewing is expected between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., but you will see a few meteor showers all night.
If you are able to view it under a clear, dark sky, you might see a Geminid meteor every minute or two, on average, from 10 p.m. until dawn Thursday.
Even if it's cloudy, some Geminid meteors will still be visible for a few nights before and after the peak.
Conditions are expected to be good this year because the moon won't rise until around 4 a.m., and even then only a small sliver will be illuminated about 17%.
Suggestions for viewing: 
  • Start looking for the shooting starts about 2 hours after sunset.
  • Keep an eye on the north-northeast sky as the constellation Gemini rises. You'll see two bright stars, Castor on top and Pollux below, and meteors will appear to emanate from around Castor.
  • For the next hour or so you probably won't see many meteors but those you do see have the potential to be spectacular. 
  • Meteors are reaching us at lower angles, skimming the upper atmosphere. This tends to produce longer lasting meteors with longer streaks.
  • Be on the lookout for extremely bright meteors (fireballs), Geminids have been known to include these.

Forecast: About 50% of the sky will be covered with clouds.

 
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