Where to Watch Tonight's Geminids Meteor Shower

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The Geminids last until December 17th, so on clear nights there's still a chance you can wish on a shooting star.

The annual Geminids meteor shower scatters the sky each December, and with very little moonlight interference expected, residents should get good visibility in clear skies.

Geminid is composed of debris from asteroid 3200 Phaethon, discovered in 1983 and which measures about two miles wide and has surface temperatures estimated at 1200 degrees.

The darker the skies, the more meteors you are likely to see, but some are bright enough to see in even less-than-favorable conditions.

While it may appear as though the Geminids originate from the constellation they get their name from, they should be visible across the sky, according to NASA.

Google Doodle marks the Geminid Meteor Shower event on Thursday (December 13, 2018) by illustrating the meteor shower's path through Earth's atmosphere. "Photographers or astronomy enthusiasts can travel to Alwar in Rajasthan, the north Himalayan regions, or rural areas like Bandardara in Maharashtra to watch the Geminid shower", he added. A large field is ideal because you can then let your eyes roam across the whole sky.

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The Geminid meteor shower will grace skies tonight as hundreds of bright meteors fly from rock asteroid 3200 Phaethon. In fact, in recent times, between 120 and 160 meteors have been recorded burning up in the Earth's atmosphere every hour.

In 2017, some celestial observers counted as many as 160 meteors in an hour during the Geminid meteor shower, according to AccuWeather. A meteor flash is seen here with an aurora borealis shimmer in Norway.

This year, the meteor shower should be bright because the moon sets earlier around 10:30 p.m. local time so the moonlight won't fade out the meteors. Phaethon is a unusual blue asteroid that scientists named after its namesake- the Greek God Apollo's son. Those who can should ideally head out away from the suburbs to watch the meteor shower.

The ideal time to train your eyes skyward would be past midnight tonight i.e. 12 am and until 2 am on Friday night.

Any stray light in the sky tends to drown out fainter meteors, so find an observing site far from city lights.