Star Gazers Gearing up for Annual Geminid Meteor Shower

Star gazers all around the world will be gearing up for the annual Geminid meteor shower, one of the biggest of the year.

The flaming pieces of rock known as Geminid meteors started appearing over the weekend but will be easy to spot this week, at midnight each night.

The peak of the shower is reportedly scheduled to take place just before dawn on Tuesday, according to Rebecca Johnson, editor of StarDate magazine.

It is estimated that 60 to 80 meteors an hour will flash across the sky, approximately one per minute.

“It starts to get light an hour before sunrise, so any time before that is going to be a good time to look,” Johnson says.

“You can still see meteors when the moon is up, but it will be better when the moon has set,” Johnson added.

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