The Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight — and It'll Be the Best One of 2018
Some of the shooting stars will be so bright, they'll even be visible from city centers.
Bundle up in your warmest jacket, grab a cup of hot cocoa and a blanket, and head outside tonight. Why? Because the Geminid meteor shower is about to light up the sky.
According to Space.com, tonight’s shower will likely be the best one of 2018. Best of all, it will be visible in both hemispheres. While the Northern Hemisphere will have a bit of an advantage, the experts at Space.com said it’s still worthwhile for everyone.
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In a statement, Diana Hannikainen, observing editor at Sky & Telescope, said, "Maybe [it's less well known] because it's cold for so many during this shower's peak, but the Geminids are often the best display of 'shooting stars' all year."
The interstellar show is set to peak at 7:30 a.m. EST on Dec. 14, when Earth passes through the thickest part of the meteor shower's trail, according to Space.com. That means it’s best to try and watch the meteor event just before dawn on the 14th. However, it’s still worth going out for a viewing a few hours after sunset tonight as well.
"If you've got a clear, dark sky with no light pollution, you might see a meteor streak across the sky every minute or two from 10 p.m. until dawn on the night of the peak," Hannikainen added.
But don’t worry, city dwellers, some of these meteors will be so bright that you’ll even spot a few in less than favorable conditions. Just make sure to sit still and be patient. Viewing the meteors could take a bit of time.
"Go out in the evening, lie back in a reclining lawn chair, and gaze up into the stars," Hannikainen said. "With the radiant rising in the evening, this is a good shower for younger observers who may have earlier bedtimes. But as always, it's good to remember to be patient."