KJRH BLOG: Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Wednesday Night

Posted at 12:04 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 13:06:52-05

The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight. During the peak, you could see a meteor every minute or two. The best time to view them will be from 10 pm until just before dawn. Of course, the more away from light pollution you are, the better chance you will see more.

The meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, hence the name of the shower. See the above illustrations in the media viewer.

This year the moon is only in a thin crescent and it doesn't rise until 3 am.

Geminids are created by tiny fragments that break off the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. The asteroid was discovered in 1983. Phaethon is small, only about 3 miles wide.

Let us know if you see any tonight.