The Geminid Meteor Shower peaks at 10:00 pm, MST, on Sunday, December 13th; with a predicted peak rate of 120 meteors per hour.
With New Moon on the 16th, there will be no moonlight to wash out the sky, making this year’s Geminids a shower worth watching Sunday night.
The Geminid shower does not originate from a comet, like other common meteor showers. In 1983, Asteroid 3200 Phaethon was confirmed as the parent body for the Geminid shower, the first time that a meteor shower was identified with an asteroid rather than a comet.
The shower is named ‘Geminid,’ referring to the constellation of Gemini, which contains the radiant of the shower. If you watch Geminid meteors, and trace backward the familiar streak of light, you will notice that all Geminid meteors trace back to a location in the Gemini constellation.
Meteors will be visible across the entire sky. No telescope or binoculars needed: Just dress warm, look up, and hope for clear skies.