Q2 Weather: Geminid meteor shower tonight, sky permitting

The Geminid meteors will shower the sky with shooting lights just in time for Christmas

FRED THORNHILL The Geminid meteors will shower the sky with shooting lights just in time for Christmas

They are all around strung up on people's houses and businesses.

All of this makes the Geminids "the best and most reliable of the annual meteor showers", usually producing around 120 meteors an hour at peak, NASA notes.

"Even if you're facing west, if you see a meteor, and if it's a Geminid meteor, you'll see it will trace all the way back from east-northeast".

People willing to courageous the outdoor cold temperatures will be treated to one of the best meteor showers of the year tonight. The burned up dust and grit of the asteroid results in the massive meteor shower of the year. And this year is supposed to be the grandest of them all.

How to see the meteor shower?

Comets are the main cause of these showers. You might want to grab a nap, as the shower is expected to be at its most intense around 2am. The Geminids were first observed in 1833 along the Mississippi River. According to a newer and competing theory, Phaethon broke off of a larger asteroid, possibly in a collision with an inner planet.

You don't have to find the constellation but it can be fun to look for it. They serve as inspiration for scientific happenings.

The Gemini constellation is to the right of that and above it. The moon rises at 2:36 a.m. Thursday, so you will have slightly better viewing before that.

You may have already seen some shooting stars across the sky the past few nights.

Just as cinema-goers poured out of the midnight premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, they would have been able to look up and see an incredible sight. The best time to view them will be from 10 pm until just before dawn.

After today's snowstorm ends, several parts of MI should have clear skies overnight when the Geminids peak, from about midnight to 4 a.m.

Get out your heavy winter coats because this year's best meteor shower peaks tonight. If that's not an option for you, don't sweat it! And this year the moon is so small that it won't give off too much light.

You can watch the meteorite shower online as NASA has arranged live broadcast of shooting stars on its online website NASA tv.

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