Skywatchers call tonight’s Geminid meteor shower the best one of the year.
And this December’s star show should be especially magnificent. In recent years the meteor shower has grown in intensity and the result will be impressive two-second arcs, flying across the sky every 10-20 seconds.
The meteor shower starts at mid-to-late evening and ends at dawn, but it will be easiest to see at around midnight when there could be as many 100 meteors per hour. The meteors tend to be few and far between at early evening, but intensify in number as evening deepens into late night. Don’t let the late-night moonlight discourage you from watching after midnight, or during the peak viewing hours.
Here’s what the Geminids look like: