While many folks getting into the spirit of season have decked their homes and yards with Christmas lights, the heavens above for the last week have been putting on their own light display – one projected to reach its peak late Thursday night and early Friday morning.
The Geminid meteor shower, said to be ranked as one of the best meteor shows of the year according to EarthSky.com , consistently offer an estimated 50 meteors an hour.
Bartlesville photographer Mike Bryan stayed up late Wednesday night and snapped the photograph featured with this story and said the night's show was spectacular.
"I captured about 20 last night and missed an amazing one that split in two," he said.
According to EarthSky, those seeking to be an audience to the show need no special equipment but simply should get away from the city lights to a dark open sky and look up after giving the eyes about 20 minutes to adjust to the lights.
According to 2NEWS meteorologists – who better to know? – Thursday night weather should be favorable for Oklahoma residents.
"We will have clear skies with clouds increasing towards sunrise tomorrow," said 2NEWS Meteorologist George Flickinger, saying temperatures will be in the 40s.
He said meteor watchers should look in the east.
The Geminid shower gets it name from the constellation Gemini from where the meteors appear to radiate, according to EarthSky.
The site says most "shooting star" events take place when the earth crosses into a cloud of space debris left by orbiting comets, the display coming from the debris burning up as it falls through the earth's atmosphere. However, the Geminids are unique in that they appear to come from a near-Earth asteroid.