Annual Geminid meteor shower peaks this week over Kansas City

The Geminids are coming

The stunning display of meteors will break out over Earth in the late night hours between Wednesday December 13 and Thursday December 14.

King cautions that the estimate of 120- meteors per hour is an idealized number, visible only under flawless conditions in rural areas.

"It's best to be in a place where there's no city lights", they said.

The Geminids were first noted as a minor meteor shower back in 1862, NASA's Cooke said.

Meanwhile on the meteor shower front, the Geminids are known for the brightness of the individual meteors and their frequency: as many as 120 per hour, according to Space.com.

The shower radiates from a point in the constellation of Gemini, which is about two handspans above the northern horizon in the early morning.

"So don't be put off by the fact that you're waiting for five or so minutes and you still haven't seen a meteor". According to Earthsky, this means even more meteors.

The Geminid maximum also coincides with a bright return of its parent asteroid, 3200 Phaethon.

The Geminids are coming
Annual Geminid meteor shower peaks this week over Kansas City

The meteor shower was named after the constellation Gemini because numerous meteors appear to come from that constellation.

The Geminid meteor shower will peak December 13 & 14th.

Each year, we pass through this stream of dust which creates the Geminids meteor shower. As the comet gets close to the sun, the ice melts a bit and releases tiny rocks.

The presence of a waxing crescent moon this month should aid you, by not obscuring the show with moonlight.

"Phaethon has to be swinging inwards towards the Sun just as Earth is in the right place to cross [under] its orbit", Dr Horner said.

If you are on the plains or far western and southern Colorado you may have a chance to see the meteors before the weather disturbance reaches you.

There are plenty of other lovely things to see in the December night sky, Dr Musgrave said.

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