For an out-of-this-world experience tonight, look to the sky to catch the Geminids meteor shower.
Meteor showers occur when the Earth ploughs through dust and particles left over from a passing comet or asteroid.
In the hours before sunrise Friday, the most meteors will be visible in the North American sky, peaking about 7:30 a.m. ET, predicts Sky & Telescope. Initially thought to be emerging from the constellation Gemini (from where it gets the name Geminid), scientists later discovered that the Geminids are fragments of 3200 Phaethon.
For the best viewing conditions, get as far away from city lights as possible, face South, and keep in mind to dress warmly as you enjoy one of the greatest shows on-or above-earth.
The FOX 5 Weather Team says the best nights to view the meteor shower will be Thursday into Friday.
"Most meteor showers tend to have better meteor rates after midnight, but the Geminids will be very active all night", AccuWeather astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel said. So gear up because this dazzling meteor shower is not one you'll want to miss!
Once you're at the right place, settle down and let your eyes get used to the dark night sky.
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The bright green Geminids are visible on Earth each December when the Earth moves through "a massive trail of dusty debris shed by a weird, rocky object named 3200 Phaethon".
The Perseids in summer result in around 80 per hour again with bright meteors but with plenty of trains, the long streaks across the skies.
Meteor showers are indubitably one of the galaxy's best-kept secrets.
Heading out to see the Geminid meteor shower?
For those unwilling to stay up on a week night, Mrs O'Connor said earlier viewings would still offer a shooting star at least every minute.
In the United Kingdom, the best time to see them will be between midnight and dawn on 14 December, but you can start looking any time after sunset.
But if you won't be up in those early hours, you can also start watching a couple hours after sunset; the moon will set at about 10:30 p.m. local time on December 13, and about 11 p.m. local time on December 14, so just look after that on either of those nights. But they can show up anywhere in the sky, often with a stunning brilliance that makes them well worth hanging out in the cold.
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