What May Be Best Meteor Show of Year Starts Tonight

The Geminid meteor shower peaks at 7:30am EST
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2018 6:12 PM CST
What May Be Best Meteor Show of Year Starts Tonight
A meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Geminid meteor shower over Springville, Ala.   (Mark Almond/AL.com via AP, File)

The “best meteor shower of 2018” will be on display overnight, Space.com reports. The Geminid meteor shower will be visible above North America before sunrise Friday, CNN reports, and it will peak at 7:30am EST (find the best viewing time for your location here). Checking out the shower is easy—no special equipment required, Sky & Telescope’s Diana Hannikainen says in a statement. “Go out in the evening, lie back in a reclining lawn chair, and gaze up into the stars,” she says. “This is a good shower for younger observers who may have earlier bedtimes.” Clear, dark skies are the best for viewing, of course. Hannikainen says that under good conditions, you may see the light of a meteor streaking across the sky every minute or two. (More astronomy stories.)

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