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Geminid Meteor Shower Wednesday Night Best of Year

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 December 2017 09:43 AM

The Geminid meteor shower will peak on Wednesday night, giving stargazers a glimpse of one of the best meteor showers of the year.

Space.com projected between one to two meteors to whizz through the night sky per minute at the height of the meteor shower, set to occur at around 10 p.m.

However, the entire spectacle will start at around 7 p.m. and should continue into the early hours of Thursday morning. The timing depends on darkness, not geographic location.

"With August's Perseids obscured by bright moonlight, the Geminids will be the best shower this year," said Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.

"The thin, waning crescent Moon won't spoil the show."

The Geminid meteor shower is an annual phenomenon that occurs at around the same time each year when Earth passes through a trail of dusty debris left by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon.

It can be seen across the world regardless of the viewer’s location, CNN reported, and there are apps such as Sky Guide for iOS and Sky Map for Android to help point you in the right direction.

Observing the Geminids should be simple enough- just try get away from bright lights and look up into the sky, NASA suggested.

It takes a few minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, but you should be able to see the meteors.

If it is cloudy don’t worry too much, Sky and Telescope noted that remainders of the Geminid meteors should still be visible for a few nights after the shower peaks.

"Geminids can appear anywhere in the sky, so the best direction to watch is wherever your sky is darkest, which is probably straight up,” said Sky and Telescope’s senior editor Kelly Beatty.

The magazine’s senior editor, Alan MacRobert, offered some last minute tips to make the viewing experience more enjoyable.

“Go out late in the evening, lie back in a reclining lawn chair, and gaze up into the stars,” he said.

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