You might need to lose a little sleep to get the best look at the Geminids.
The Geminids peak this Friday, December 13, marking the final meteor shower of the decade.
Geminids are pieces of debris from 3200 Phaethon, basically a rocky skeleton of a comet, or an asteroid, that lost most of its outer covering of ice after too many close encounters with the sun. There's over 150 meteors an hour going past.
While some years you could catch as many as 120 meteors every 60 minutes, this year, unfortunately, there's nearly a full moon (a waning gibbous), which will make it harder to see as many. "If you can find the constellation Gemini, that's where they'll appear to come from", Crabtree said.
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The peak nights of the 2019 Geminid meteor shower are expected to be Friday night until dawn on Saturday; and Saturday night until dawn on Sunday. Geminid meteors tend to be few and far between at early evening, but intensify in number as evening deepens into late night. A full moon usually comes once in a month, when the moon's light overpowered all the existing light sources in the night sky. The moonlight will drown out some of the fainter meteor trails.
According to the American Meteor Society (AMS), about 20 Geminid meteors will be visible per hour, compared the 60 or more that could be seen on a night with a less full moon.
But the dependable shower will definitely still be worth viewing.
A meteor shower occurs when a space object enters the Earth's atmosphere at high velocity, becoming disintegrated into small fragments that are generally no bigger than a single grain of sand. The shower traditionally delivers bright, impressive meteors that light up the sky. Be patient, and don't forget your blanket!