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Station yourself on an open ground or clearing to see the shower shine across the dark night's sky.

The moon, which can hinder observation of objects in the universe, will be a waxing crescent moon - the first visible phase that is just a thin sliver.

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, so hope for clear skies that will let you see a lovely show of green fireballs on Thursday and Friday.

"We do have a big plus this year", Maitra said of the moon setting well before midnight. The asteroid is the source of the annual Geminid meteor shower. This will occur from late tonight to the early hours of tomorrow morning, with 2am offering ideal viewing conditions. It is supposed to be one of the best celestial events that people living on the Earth wait for every year, quite eagerly!

The shower will be clearest across Ireland tonight, but will make its closest approach on December 16- so if you don't catch it tonight, there's time to catch a glimpse during the week.

Dave Samuhel, who fills both roles as AccuWeather's astronomy blogger, has some other advice as well.

This weekend, most parts of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies, while Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region will have cloudy skies. Then lie back and enjoy as the Geminids light up the night sky.

The Geminids are often bright and intensely colored, and travel at a medium-to-slow velocity, according to the American Meteor Society.

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Media captionWhat is the Geminid Meteor Show?

It is expected that we will be able to start seeing the meteor shower on Thursday 13 December from around 9pm or slightly earlier.

Geminid meteor shower image taken in 2011. Believe it or not, that is moderate speed for a meteor.

Over time it has become more intense, with up to 20 comets per hour reported in the 1920s, rising to 50 in the 1930s, 60 in the 1940s and 80 in the 1970s. That's comet 46P/Wirtanen, which is making its closest approach to Earth on December 16.

The Geminids result from the mysterious asteroid 3200 Phaethon, which, thanks to periodic heating from the Sun, has left a trail of material in its orbit.

"Green fireballs" are set to light up the sky this week, according to NASA, making it one of the best weeks for sky watching this year.

It is also the last meteor shower of the year, so it does not seem to be a bad idea to plug off your smartphones for a night and witness this wonderful cosmic manifestation.

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