Clear Bay Area skies to offer great view of Geminid meteor shower

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The meteors are originating out of the Gemini constellation.

The Virtual Telescope Project said: "The Geminid meteors are ready to offer us an incredible shower, the best of this year, while their parent body, the potentially hazardous asteroid (3200) Phaethon, reaches its minimum distance from the Earth".

The best viewing for tonight's meteor shower will be between midnight and dawn. The celestial event will stand out by the absence of bright moonlight, as the moon will be a waning crescent and barely visible.

The Geminids are typically one of the best meteor showers of the year, with 50 or more meteors streaking across the sky per hour. And unlike many annual meteor showers, which are mostly visible in the early morning hours, the Geminids tend to be an all-night affair. [Geminid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It Next]=.

Geminid meteors are bright and fast (79,000 mph), and the shower is famous for producing fireballs, which are meteors brighter than magnitude -4, the same magnitude as the planet Venus.

You may have heard of the Geminid meteor shower, but if not, you are in for a treat. If you remember high school physics, you know heat makes molecules move, so Phaethon lets out a massive gasp of dust.

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While you won't need any special equipment to see the meteor shower, you will need to give your eyes time to adjust to the dark (about 20 minutes) and certainly wear warm clothing.

"This way, it will be possible to explore the night sky in broad daylight in Europe", the Italian broadcaster said. When you see a meteor, trace it backward. This year is expected to be the best meteor shower ever.

What you do need is your naked eye, your wrapped up body, something to site on, and a quite dark outdoor space to watch.

For stargazers not willing to courageous the cold, Space.com will be airing a live broadcast of the Geminids, courtesy of NASA, beginning at 5:40 p.m.

If you do want to try to see the Geminids from a city, get into a park or even try to use buildings to block our artificial light that could ruin your night vision, Cooke said in 2015.

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