Geminid meteor shower peaks Wednesday night

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Meteor lovers will be treated to an active shower this week.

On Wednesday night and Thursday morning, the Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak.

The radiant is from the constellation of Gemini, the famous twins of mythology. One of the best meteor showers of the year, it’s not caused by a comet which are typically responsible for our meteor showers.

This event is caused by something known as 3200 Phaethon which is an Apollo, or “near-Earth asteroid”.

The meteors in the evening won’t be as plentiful but the show will get better as the night wears on and more and more streak across the sky.

At its peak, more than 50 meteors an hour could be seen. The waning crescent moon will aid in this year’s viewing.

HOW TO WATCH

Just find a spot far away from city lights and hope the clouds clear out so you can enjoy the Geminids.

Gemini will be high in the sky at midnight and into the wee hours of the morning.

PLANET WATCHING THIS WEEK

While you’re out looking for the Geminids do some planet watching as well.

Jupiter, Mars and the Moon will form a nice trio in southeastern sky at around 6 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Jupiter will be the lowest of the three and Mars will have a reddish hue.

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