Clear viewing (before bedtime) for tonight's Geminid meteor shower

Clear viewing (before bedtime) for tonight's Geminid meteor shower

But one element that can't be stopped from hampering our ability to see shooting stars is cloud cover.

The grandest meteor shower of 2017 peaks this week with excellent viewing conditions expected in the Carolinas.

Enter Slooh, the Washington Depot, Connecticut-based organization that connects telescopes around the globe.

This generates a bright streak or flashes which can appear anywhere in the night sky between dusk and dawn.

After 4 am, the moon will brighten the sky for rural observers while those in urban areas will have the best view if they watch from an area without streetlights.

For all you space buffs, many factors are falling in your favor Wednesday night if viewing the annual December Geminid meteor shower is on the agenda. The greatest number of meteors will be visible between midnight and 4 a.m. on December 14. Some might be random background meteors, and some might be from weaker, active showers.

Finest meteor bathe of the 12 months begins Wednesday evening
There are plenty of other attractive things to see in the December night sky, Dr Musgrave said. The meteors tend to peak around 2 a.m. local time, but can be seen as early as 9 to 10 p.m.

This year the moon is only in a thin crescent and it doesn't rise until 3 am.

The Geminids are the only meteor shower to be produced by an asteroid.

But the good news is that the world's cameras captured the majestic shower, and one set of instruments in particular will still livestream the event today.

Night-time sky-watchers willing to courageous the cold can look forward to a spectacular display of shooting stars tonight.

This particular meteor show is called the Geminids because it seems to radiate from the constellation of Gemini. The burned up dust and grit of the asteroid results in the massive meteor shower of the year.

The shower, caused astroid pieces burning up in Earth's atmosphere, will continue on through the morning. Every 1.4 years, Phaethon's orbit takes it closer to the Sun than any other known asteroid, heating its surface to roughly 1,300 °F (700°C). In addition, you should give your eyes about 20 - 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness.

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