Geminids 2017: In case you missed meteor shower - Watch it HERE again

Geminids 2017: In case you missed meteor shower - Watch it HERE again

Your best chance to view the meteor shower is early evening before the cold front comes through.

The Geminids are seen every December when the earth passes through a trail of debris and dust from an asteroid or extinct comet known as 3200 Phaethon.

Make this year more memorable, get ready to encounter the picturesque meteor shower tonight. "The thin, waning crescent Moon won't spoil the show". The peak viewing time will be around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, but you can still see meteors earlier or after that time.

"Not only is it the year's most prolific, with up to 120 meteors per hour visible from rural skies, the moon is essentially out of the picture", Sky & Telescope says.

You can also see Geminid meteors on NASA's All Sky Fireball network page.

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The Geminids meteor shower is named after the Gemini constellation where the meteors appear to originate from.

This almost 200-year-old meteor shower is associated with the near-Earth asteroid 3200 Phaethon.

This origin point is called the meteor shower's radiant, because most of the meteors appear to radiate outward from this point. There's the Everglades, of course, but be careful if you're out in the swamp after dark to see the streaks in the sky.

Hundreds of bright meteors will illuminate the night sky as they burn up in Earth's atmosphere. Find a field or somewhere with an open view of a cloud-free sky where you can lie down and look up for hours on end. Give your eyes time to adapt to the dark.

The weather tonight won't be the best for viewing the meteor shower as there is dispersed cloud cover all over the United Kingdom, but make sure to check out your window before your trudge out to watch the show, you may see clear skies and be lucky. The agency is streaming the meteor shower tonight, broadcasting from the Automated Lunar and Meteor Observatory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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