Skywatchers can enjoy a dazzling meteor shower this week

Bulgaria Geminids meteors peak December 13-14

Meteors should appear all over the sky, though not all will belong to the Geminid shower. NASA says this could the best meteor shower of the year thanks to less moonlight, resulting in darker skies to see the bright streaks of light.

The best thing about this year's Geminids is the moon, or lack thereof, which will be only roughly 14 per cent illuminated on the night of December 13, meaning there won't be any significant bright light to drown out the fainter meteors.

This year's display should be particularly good, NASA says, because the moon is a thin, waning crescent this weekend, so it's unlikely to obscure the show. Though you can head out any time to catch a few, your best bet is likely from December 12 to the night of December 15.

Planet Earth is about to pass through one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year this week - but it's one that will likely go unnoticed by most of us.

The trick is to find a location with low light pollution, said Duari.

It's likely to be cloudy over the region around North Idaho through the nights the Geminids are most active, December 13-15, and it's going to be cold, but there could be breaks in the clouds, making sightings theoretically possible at least.

Last year, the Geminids had to compete with a pesky supermoon. Conditions will be best during 7:30 p.m. on December 13, and in the early morning on the following day. Though the meteors tend to originate from the Gemini constellation, they can be observed in most parts of the sky. The Leonids appear to fall from Leo the Lion, the Orionids from Orion, and the Geminids from Gemini. When someone sees one, they can call out "meteor!"

The meteor shower is annual according to, occurring every year when Earth's orbit coincides with debris shed by a rocky object, Pantheon 3200.

As an added bonus this year, astronomers will have a chance to study Phaethon up close in mid-December, when it passes nearest to Earth since its discovery in 1983.

You can to see how Earth passes through the remains shed by the asteroid. This technique will let you see more meteors than one person watching alone will see. Next Wednesday's Geminid meteor shower is expected to be a brilliant, burning light show. This object will sweep close to Earth - just 0.069 astronomical units (6.4 million miles, 10.3 million km, 26 lunar-distances) on December 16, 2017 at 23 UTC; translate to your time zone. You just need to look up. On Wednesday night, head to an open space without anything blocking your view of the sky, and look up.



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