The Geminid Meteor Shower peaks tonight, Friday, December 13, 2019, and on Saturday, December 4, 2019.
The Geminid meteor shower is considered the best meteor shower of the year because it is the most intense and consistent annual meteor shower that can be seen from almost any point on Earth.
Geminid Meteor Shower 2019 Start Time
The Geminids meteor shower starts around 9 p.m. every evening at the viewer’s respective local time.
The meteor shower will be the most intense and directly overhead during the hours of 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. during the viewer’s local time.
The most amount of meteors will be visible during the Geminid meteor shower’s peak from midnight to 4 a.m. on December 14 when the radiant is highest in the sky.
Expect to see up to 120 meteors per hour between midnight and 4 a.m. on the morning of December 14, but only from a dark and cloudless sky.
Geminids can be seen on nights before and after the December 14 peak, although they will appear less frequently.
Geminid Meteor Shower 2019 State Visibility Maps
According to the latest sky cover forecast from NOAA, Texas, southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and parts of South Florida will have at least one cloudless night to watch the Geminid Meteor Shower peak tonight between 1 a.m and 3 a.m. local time early Saturday morning.
On the night of Saturday, December 14, 2019, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, the southern half of California, Iowa and Minnesota will have clear skies to watch the Geminid Meteor Shower peak between 1 a.m and 3 a.m. local time early Sunday morning.
How to watch the December 2019 meteor shower
Find the darkest place you can and give your eyes about 30 minutes to adapt to the dark.
Avoid looking at your cell phone because it will blind your adapted night vision. Lie flat on your back and look straight up.
Where to look for the Geminid meteor shower
Geminids meteors stream from a point called “the radiant” in the constellation Gemini. They will rise in the east around 9 p.m. and be directly overhead at 2 a.m. local time.
The meteor shower sets in the western sky just before sunrise.
Where do the Geminid meteors come from?
Most meteor showers come from comets, which spew ample meteoroids for a night of ‘shooting stars.’ The Geminids are different.
They are produced when Earth plows through a cloud of debris from an oddball object named 3200 Phaethon, which some astronomers describe as a cross between an asteroid and a comet.