The stars — or at slightest the Moon — will align this month for a superb display of meteors.
The Geminid showering ranks as both the richest and many arguable of the annual meteor showers. It peaks the night of Dec 13/14 under a slim crescent Moon, whose handicapped light won’t meddle even after it rises around 3:30 a.m. internal time.
The meteors seem to illuminate from the constellation Gemini, which rises around nightfall and climbs scarcely beyond by 2 a.m. The best views come the morning of the 14th, between roughly midnight and 4 a.m., when observers under a clear, dim sky can design to see up to 120 meteors per hour.
Geminids are the slowpokes of the meteor world. The dirt particles hit Earth’s atmosphere at a small 22 miles per second before attrition with air molecules incinerates them, leaving behind a fleeting, illuminated glow.
For the rest of December’s watching highlights, conduct to Astronomy.com.