Q2 Weather: Geminid meteor shower tonight, sky permitting

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It is known as one of the most incredible celestial events of the year.

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Unlike eclipses, which last only a short time, you can see meteors on any clear night several days before and after the peak. This year is no different, and all that detritus will provide a pretty dazzling light show tonight, according to NASA. The burned up dust and grit of the asteroid results in the massive meteor shower of the year. "You just [look] with your naked eye, lie back and enjoy it".

"The great thing about a meteor shower is that you don't need any special tools". Comets are the main cause of these showers.

As the earth crosses through the debris field the asteroids burn up as they enter the Earths atmosphere. The source for the Geminids, the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, is coincidentally making its closest approach to Earth this week and so has 11th-magnitude visibility. You might want to grab a nap, as the shower is expected to be at its most intense around 2am.

What are the Geminid meteors? As Phaethon gets closer to the Sun, it heats up. They serve as inspiration for scientific happenings.

An image of the Geminid meteor shower in 2010.

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The Geminids activity is "slowly increasing", according to a new study where experts reviewed visual observations of the meteor shower from 1985 to 2016 and video observations from 2011 to 2016.

Meteor showers don't require binoculars or telescopes to view - just your bare eyes. Past Geminid meteor showers have displayed 100 to 200 meteors per hour.

And get excited! NASA says the shower this year will surely be one not to miss.

Light pollution from populated areas can cut in half the meteors that are visible. If that's not an option for you, don't sweat it!

This year, the moon will not significantly hamper viewing.

You may have already seen some shooting stars across the sky the past few nights.

Here's what you're seeing, and how to watch. 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.

The Virtual Telescope Project in partnership with the Tenagra Observatories in Arizona will point its telescopes at the waning shower at 10am GMT today.

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