Dec 7, 2021 - Science

Get ready for the Geminid meteor shower

Photo of a person watching a Geminid meteor shower

A Geminid meteor and a sky watcher. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images

The Geminid meteor shower will peak early next week, and it should be a good show for those under dark skies.

The big picture: The shower appears in the night sky each December as the Earth passes through the debris left behind by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon.

How it works: The best viewing should be overnight from Dec. 13 into the wee hours of Dec. 14.

  • Just be sure to pick a spot with a wide view of the sky, no cloud cover and far from city lights. Give your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust.
  • "Typically the best time to see a meteor shower is between midnight and pre-dawn, because that's when you are on the leading side of the Earth, watching the comet debris come at you like rain hitting a car windshield," the Planetary Society wrote in a post about the shower.

Yes, but: The nearly full Moon could wash out views of meteors as they streak above

  • Be sure to head out after the Moon has set in your location for the best views.
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