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If you can get away from the city lights, the Geminid meteor shower peaks late Friday night and early into Saturday morning. Weather permitting, 90 to 120 meteors per hour will be visible in the night sky starting around midnight. After the moon has set and before the sun rises, at about 4:00 a.m. local time, stargazers will get the clearest view of the shooting stars.
The annual meteor shower will last until Dec. 16. Bill Cooke, lead for NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, said in a press release:
“The Geminids are my favorite because they defy explanation. Of all the debris streams Earth passes through every year, the Geminids are by far the most massive. When we add up the amount of dust in the Geminid stream, it outweighs other streams by factors of 5 to 500.”
And if clouds are blocking your view tonight, you can watch the meteor shower from your computer. NASA and Slooh will be running live web streams of the meteors tonight. Cooke and two of his colleagues, Danielle Moser and Rhiannon Blaauw – will be hosting a live Web chat on the Geminids from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m. EST.