Biggest meteor shower of year due tonight

Meteor show visible throughout Big Country tonight

And the Geminids are known as particularly bright meteors, especially when they flash across dark night skies.

The Geminids meteor shower will be visible in the ArkLaMiss tonight and NASA says it could quite possibly be the best one of the year.

This year the moon is only in a thin crescent and it doesn't rise until 3 am.

This special meteor shower can be seen all around the world, reaching its peak between 7:30 p.m. on December 13 and dawn on the morning of December 14.

The annual Geminids meteor shower will peak overnight December 13 - 14 with rates around one per minute in good conditions, according to Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.

While Gemini is the constellation where people look for the meteor shower, Marshall Mattson said just looking up into the sky will be enough to see the shooting stars.

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This year's Geminids will be extra special because the Phaethon will take its closest path to Earth since 1983. The dust burns up when it runs into our planet's atmosphere, causing the shooting stars across the sky.

But will you be able to see them in central Pa.?

"The Geminid meteor shower is almost 200 years old, according to known records - the first recorded observation was in 1833 from a riverboat on the Mississippi River - and is still going strong".

The bright and intensely colored meteor will move slower than average from the Gemini constellation.

British Columbians, it's your view the the Geminids meteor shower! The radiant point is where the meteors appear to originate, but since they streak across the sky, it's not necessary to find it. The greatest number of meteors will be visible between midnight and 4 a.m. on December 14.

Cooke and other meteor experts from NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office will be live on Facebook to discuss the Geminids and why meteors and meteoroids are important to NASA beginning at 7 p.m. CST Wednesday.

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