Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak Thursday night

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That's not because there are more at that time, but because by midnight you will be firmly on the night-side of Earth.

FORECAST: Clear skies over most of Colorado!

The so-called "rock comet" came within 10.2 million km of Earth this past December, although last year's supermoon made it harder to appreciate the celestial light show. That means that the best times to watch are when it's dark in your local time zone surrounding that peak, such as just before dawn on December 14.

The Geminid meteor shower will reach its peak Thursday night into Friday morning, December 13-14.

Hours later shooting stars are set to flash across the sky as Earth passes through the tail of the 3200 Phaethon asteroid.

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King noted slow-moving meteors-Geminid Earthgrazers-should be visible as early as 7-8 p.m. and are known to flare for a long time before fading out as they scrape the top of the atmosphere and burn more slowly.

How to watch live, where will it be visible, timings and more details to know. In order to see with the naked eye, you will need to view in an area with very little or no light pollution, again best with binoculars or telescope. Instead, they tend to zip across the skies in clumps - about every five to seven minutes. Expected to be at their peak on Thursday and Friday night (Dec. 13-14, 2018), the dependable meteors rank high in both quantity and quality.

"Star gazers will be looking for clear, cloudless skies to have the best possible chance of catching a glimpse of the meteor shower", said a Met office spokesperson. But we suggest you turn off your screens and get outside to one of these Geminids viewing events around the Bay Area. The darker your sky, the better, though you don't have to leave the city to see the brighter ones. For those in the suburbs, expect about 30 to 40 per hour. At least the moon won't cause any trouble this time around.

It is being celebrated with a Google Doodle today (13 December), and that's because, starting tonight, it will light up night skies across the globe. It takes about 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. It all depends where you watch it from, but it promises to be a decent show in 2019 thanks to a lack of moonlight. As well as offering only about five or 10 shooting stars per hour, the Ursids occur this year during strong moonlight, which will boring them even more. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up.

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