The earth will be covered with a bright meteor shower

Geminid Meteor shower on December 13 midnight

One of the year's best meteor showers is ready to put on a show over the Sonoran Desert.

You will be able to see meteors scorching through the sky tonight, but their peak will come on December 13 and 14.

Good viewing conditions are expected in the Upstate, but we could have some clouds for the mountains as we have the remnants of northwest flow snow showers lingering Tuesday night. "Tonight would be a much better night because we should see clear skies all night".

"They are not a very speedy meteor and, because they are not travelling as swiftly through the Earth's atmosphere, these ones can take on a bit of a yellowish or orangey glow to them", Florian said. Frank Schomp captured a meteor streaking across the night sky on December 2, 2017.

"The meteor shower activity varies from year to year, and it is often a complicated matter to predict how lovely a shower will be". So last weekend, as this week's Geminid meteor shower was rising to its peak, he had his automatic camera set-up running all night. The summer Perseids-which the American Meteor Society calls "the most popular meteor shower"-may be better known, and are arguably the closest contender to the Geminids". It will peak around 2am, when the sky is darkest.

The Geminids appear to originate from the constellation Gemini, this is called the radiant.

This year's display should be particularly good, NASA says, because the moon is a thin, waning crescent this weekend, so it's unlikely to obscure the show. Then, give your eyes some time to adjust to the dark and start scanning the skies. If you're in a cold area, dress warmly and grab a blanket to lie down (ideally somewhere far away from light pollution).

Over time it has become more intense, with up to 20 comets per hour reported in the 1920s, rising to 50 in the 1930s, 60 in the 1940s and 80 in the 1970s.

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