The Geminid Meteor Shower Will Be Making The Most of Its Annual Appearance!
The Geminid Meteor Shower is going to peak Sunday and Monday mornings before dawn, so if you’d like to get a glimpse of meteors falling from the sky, get up early and look up!
Break out the blankets and the lawn chairs: This year’s Geminid meteor shower will be a great show! When the shower peaks December 14th, as many as 120 meteors an hour will be visible at sites free from city lights. This year’s Geminid meteor shower is at its prime under dark skies just three days after New Moon. That leaves no moonlight to wash out the bright streaks from this prolific meteor shower.
Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through a debris cloud of meteors or cast-offs from comets. Most fragments are only as big as a grain of sand, but when accelerated to 30 miles per second, they make a bright streak in the sky when they burn up some 50 miles up in the atmosphere.