Geminids Meteor Shower: Don't Miss This Spectacular Cosmic Show Tonight

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018 Google Doodle Marks The Sky Light Show Through Slideshow Best Time to See Meteor Shower

This year, observers can expect to see up to 120 "shooting stars" per hour - an average of almost two per minute - under a dark sky.

For an out-of-this-world experience tonight, look to the sky to catch the Geminids meteor shower.

It's that time of the year when sky gazers are in for a colourful treat, as the debris trail of the Phaethon asteroid becomes visible on Earth. A bonus - you do not need binoculars to see them, and the meteors can be witnessed with bare eyes.

"The Geminids will appear to the north-east, just above the horizon in the constellation of Gemini", she said.

The Geminid meteor shower will peak from midnight until daybreak on 13 and 14 December.

The Geminid meteor shower, generally regarded as the most active meteor shower of the year, is expected to peak in the Wichita area Thursday evening into early Friday morning. Though they'll appear in fewer numbers, the week surrounding the Geminids' peak may still provide a good show.

Once you're at the right place, settle down and let your eyes get used to the dark night sky.

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The Geminid meteor shower occurs as Earth moves through the debris shed from asteroid 3200 Phaethon as it orbits the sun.

The darker the sky, the longer you'll be able to set your exposure so as to avoid washing it all out. But it is slated to set about 10 p.m., after which the sky should be the darkest and best time for viewing the light display.

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: Where will it be visible?

Google says Phaethon is named after the ancient Greek god Apollo's son.

In 2017, some celestial observers counted as many as 160 meteors in an hour during the Geminid meteor shower, according to AccuWeather. And tonight's meteor shower is a great one to watch with family, as other meteor showers often begin in the wee hours of the morning. At this time of year, many northerly regions are quite cold, so be sure to pack warm clothes, blankets and hot drinks.

In flawless conditions, you will be able to see up to 120 shooting stars an hour. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness - without looking at your phone - so meteors are easier to spot. This is when they will be high in the sky. A meteor flash is seen here with an aurora borealis shimmer in Norway.

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