Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Wednesday Night

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Clear skies are forecast for South Florida., since the meteorswill appear to be coming fromthe northeast, and a dark sky, which is hard to find amid South Florida's city lights, will make the meteors easier to see.

The Geminids meteor shower as seen in Taliaferro, Georgia.

What time should I go out and look?

The annual Geminid meteor shower is one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year.

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

NASA will broadcast the Geminid shower live on Ustream Dec. 13 from the Automated Lunar and Meteor Observatory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Then, look up and to the left for Gemini, high up in the sky. According to Earthsky, this means even more meteors.

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King cautions that the estimate of 120- meteors per hour is an idealized number, visible only under flawless conditions in rural areas.

Colorado has a storm system scheduled for the same time as the meteor shower.

"It's still like 10 million km distant, so it's not a near miss in celestial terms, but gives us a very good opportunity to get more data and learn a bit more about the asteroid", Dr Horner said. Phaethon is possibly what NASA refer to as a "dead comet" or "rock comet". Every December, Earth passes through this stream of debris from 3200 Phaethon - once believed to be an asteroid and now considered an extinct, or iceless, comet.

"Not only is it the year's most prolific, with up to 120 meteors per hour visible from rural skies, the moon is essentially out of the picture", according to Sky and Telescope. This particular object is different from other asteroids because it has an elliptical orbit, like a comet.

"Phaethon's nature is debated", NASA astronomer Bill Cooke said.

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