Meteor shower hits peak tonight

Geminid Meteor Shower peaks Tuesday night

WRITTEN BY: Janelle Vreeland
Geminid Meteor Shower from 2010
Image Source: evosia via Flickr
Geminid Meteor Shower from 2010

The Geminid Meteor Shower will hit its peak tonight!

NASA has called the meteor shower the best of the year, and stargazers still have the chance to see the meteor shower at its best. 

If you're looking to catch a few meteors tonight, heed the advice of Universe Today, "be sure to be out tonight and through tomorrow morning for the peak of the show. You’ll want to try when the skies are the darkest, begin before moonrise – but don’t forget the display is usually the greatest around 2:00 a.m. local time when the sky window is pointed in the optimum direction. Just look along the ecliptic plane and follow the constellation of Gemini as it cruises roughly east to west across the sky as the night goes on! If you get clouded out? Try again the next night… and the next. The stream for the Geminids is very broad and lasts for some time."

You can also track the Geminid Meteor Shower, and any meteor shower, with the new "Meteor Counter" app.

“We developed the iPhone app to be fun, and informative, but also to encourage going outside to observe the sky,” said Cooke. “Our hope is the app will be useful for amateur and professional astronomers — we want to include their observations in NASA’s discoveries — and have them share in the excitement of building a knowledge base about meteor showers.”

Check out footage of the Geminid Meteor Shower below. You can read more about the Geminid Meteor Shower here and here.

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