Geminid meteor shower this weekend could be best of year

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This weekend could be the peak of arguably the best meteor shower display of the year, according to multiple reports.

The Geminids will be at their best Saturday night, Dec. 13, and into the morning Sunday, Dec. 14, according to NASA.

The meteors could light up the sky despite the moon, “and should still be visible with as many as 60 meteors per hour,” reports tech site Wired.

“Of course, the farther you are from city lights, the better the show will be,” its report adds.

The best way to watch them is  to look up into a wide-open sky, reports NBC News.  “There’s no need to use a telescope or binoculars,” it adds.

According to NASA, the Geminids are debris from an object called 3200 Phaethon, an extinct comet that lost its ice after too many close encounters with the sun.

Earth runs into a stream of that debris every year in mid-December, causing meteors to fly from the constellation Gemini, hence the name.

NASA will be showing a live feed of the sky tonight for those who may not make it outside. It will also be hosting a live Web chat.

 

 

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