The Geminid meteor shower is a spectacle that only happens once a year. Lucky for you, you’re reading this just in time! The peak of the Geminids will be on the nights of December 12th and 13th, and if you’re into astronomy in the slightest, you won’t want to miss it!
The Geminids are active for a few weeks at a time, and on these peak nights it’s expected that an average of at least 60 to 120 meteors will burst across the sky each hour. Of course, if you’re really serious about seeing as many meteors as possible, you need to scope out a place that has little to no light pollution. Drive away from cities into rural areas for the clearest view of the sky.
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Although you may be able to see meteors on both peak nights, the evening of December 13th will be the best night to catch them streaking across the sky. No matter where you are in the US, the best viewing time will be 2am. However, you might be able to catch some earlier in the evening if you’re lucky!
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