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When is the Geminid meteor shower tonight and how to see it?

When is the Geminid meteor shower tonight and how to see it?”

This year, could be one of the most frustrating for Tampa Bay residents.

Check the weather, as clear, cloudless skies are best.

According to AccuWeather, people in the central U.S. will have the best view of the meteor shower, while those in northwestern and eastern states will mostly see clouds. That means that the best times to watch are when it's dark in your local time zone surrounding that peak, such as just before dawn on December 14.

"The annual Geminid meteor shower is the richest of the year, even beating out the Perseids of August", amateur astronomer Bob King of the Duluth News Tribune wrote in his Astro Bob blog. "You'll also be looking at the constellation of Gemini while you're looking that direction", Jones said, noting that's how the Geminid meteor shower got its name.

Go outside at night at midnight on December 13-14 and look up, and keep looking, and if there's a clear, dark sky, you will be rewarded with some awesome festive fireballs.

Described by NASA as the strongest meteor shower of the year, the Geminids are a little bit different.

"While uncommon, Earthgrazers are awesome to watch because they can last for many seconds", King stated. In the northern hemisphere, you'll be able to enjoy a better view of the Geminid meteor shower as the radiant becomes higher in the night sky. According to Earthsky.org, meteors intensify in number as the evening deepens into late night, with 2am pinpointed as the prime viewing time.

"The Geminids are often bright and intensely colored". "The reason for this is that the Earth is just beginning to face toward the incoming meteors". This isn't just a few comets moving across the sky.

The Geminids meteor shower will see multi-coloured shooting stars burning up in our atmosphere on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th.

The Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight under almost ideal conditions. Geminid meteors are going to light up the night sky, and it's free cosmic fireworks for one and all! For those in the suburbs, expect about 30 to 40 per hour. The waxing crescent moon will set before midnight, leaving the sky nice and dark.

To best take in the Geminids, dress warmly and prepared to be outside for a long time-it takes at least 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.



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