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And even though the Perseids meteor shower in August is better known, astronomers agree that you won't experience a more brilliant display of starlight than the Geminids.

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

The shower, or Geminids, occurs every year when Earth passes through a massive trail of debris from an object called 3200 Phaeton.

This is true of everywhere across the globe, so head outside at 2am to catch a glimpse of the stunning meteor shower.

When can I see the best meteor showers this December?

"Although the meteors will appear to have Gemini as their point of origin, they can appear anywhere in the night sky".

Heading out to see the Geminid meteor shower?

While you're keeping an eye out for the meteor shower, you might see a small, foggy green patch in the sky, NASA said.

But if you won't be up in those early hours, you can also start watching a couple hours after sunset; the moon will set at about 10:30 p.m. local time on December 13, and about 11 p.m. local time on December 14, so just look after that on either of those nights.

Every December, Earth's own orbit takes the planet through Phaethon's debris trail, giving rise to the meteor shower.

Though they originate from 3200 Phaethon, the Geminids appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini-hence the shower's name. The best views will come between roughly midnight and 4 a.m., when the area from which the meteors appear to radiate passes almost overhead.

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Phaethon was discovered in October 1983 and named after the Greek myth about the son of Helios, the sun god, because it closely approaches our sun.

Spotting the meteors will not be hard because they move at approximately 35 km/s. As the night gets darker, and each shooting star starts to fall, one can observe more over a period of time. "If you have a boat, go a few miles offshore if the weather permits", he suggests. It is only observable in a clear sky and at high altitude places away from pollution and cities.

To best enjoy the show NASA recommends that people find a very dark spot and give their eyes 30 minutes to adjust to the dark.


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