Geminids Meteor Shower: Don't Miss This Spectacular Cosmic Show Tonight


"The meteor shower is visible the whole day but the actual visibility starts from the night and continues throughout". With each passing year since the mid-1800s, the proliferation of yellowish streaks of light in the night-time sky have grown more intense.

For a little help spotting comet Wirtanen, NASA offers the handy skymap below to look for the glowing green ball of light, likely located a little higher in the sky than the star Aldebaran near the constellation of Taurus the bull.

December is a month when dedicated skywatchers have to sacrifice comfort to take in some beauty. When those bits of space rock hit Earth's atmosphere, they burn up as dazzling meteors.

When can this be seen? .

The shooting stars will be easiest to see overnight between December 13 and December 14, when there could be as many as 100 meteors per hour.

Geminid has a reputation for producing exploding meteors called fireballs.

For those in areas with low light pollution, no smog and clear skies, the Geminids are visible to the naked eye, with no specialist equipment needed. The stream will show last year's meteor shower until Thursday night.

The Phaeton is an Apollo asteroid with an orbit that brings it closer to the sun than any other named asteroid.

The Doodle on Thursday follows the Geminids' path through Earth's atmosphere as it lights up the sky through a slideshow. While this celestial event is a regular highlight of the meteor year, occurring every December, 2018's shower is poised to be particularly special. Given their medium speeds, you'll be able to view one to two meteors per minute in the night sky.

Although the Geminid shower is known for its "shooting stars", the number of meteors visible depends on the time and how dark it is.

MORE DETAILS: This is the closest pass by a comet to the Earth this year and the 10th closest approach since 1950 (getting as close as about 7 million miles). Initially spotted over three decades ago, they are called Geminids because the shower seems to begin from the constellation "Gemini".

You will want to find a big open space where you can see as much sky as possible. They are the only major meteor shower not originating from a comet and were first observed in the 19th century.