How to Watch the Geminids 2018 Meteor Shower

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, and it'll be a special one

Geminid meteor shower 2018: Celestial fireworks to be visible in clear, northern skies

"Unfortunately, it's probably not the best night for stargazing", National Weather Service forecaster Tony Hurt said.

It is expected that we will be able to start seeing the meteor shower on Thursday 13 December from around 9pm or slightly earlier.

Head for dark, clear skies tonight-overnight December 13-14-to see the shooting stars of the Geminid meteor shower overhead.

Cooke suggests taking binoculars or a small telescope outside with you to try and get a better look.

The meteors originate from close to the brightest star in the Gemini constellation known as Castor.

NASA says the best time to watch is after 10:30 p.m. overnight December 13 and December 14.

Radiant and travelling about 35 kmph, the Geminid Meteor Shower's most radiant point tends to be around 2 am.

"While uncommon, Earthgrazers are awesome to watch because they can last for many seconds", King stated.

"The Geminids are often superior to August's Perseid meteor shower", said Dr. Alex Filippenko, astrophysicist and astronomy professor at UC Berkeley. "The reason for this is that the Earth is just beginning to face toward the incoming meteors". This is when they will be high in the sky.

The darker the skies, the more meteors you are likely to see, but some are bright enough to see in even less-than-favorable conditions.

The spectacular event is set to coincide with a space rock dubbed the Christmas comet, tipped to be the brightest of the year, passing overhead tonight. Expect something closer to 60 per hour from reasonably dark skies.

The moon, which can hinder observation of objects in the universe, will be a waxing crescent moon - the first visible phase that is just a thin sliver. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness - without looking at your phone - so meteors are easier to spot. It's worth stepping out for on a cold December winter night.

"It is also advisable to watch for as long as possible as meteor activity waxes and wanes throughout the night", the society reported. A meteor flash is seen here with an aurora borealis shimmer in Norway. Although they are visible from dusk until dawn, the meteors peak around 2AM.

Named after the constellation Gemini they appear to radiate from, the Geminids are also unique in another aspect.

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