Don’t worry if you missed last night’s Geminid Meteor Shower. That’s because you will have a second chance to watch the meteor shower tonight, Saturday, December 14, 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.
What Part of the Sky is the Meteor Shower Tonight?
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.
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 most amount of meteors will be visible during the Geminid meteor shower’s peak from midnight to 4 a.m. on December 15 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 15, but only from a dark and cloudless sky.
Geminids can be seen on nights before and after the peak, although they will appear less frequently.
How to watch the Geminid 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.
Geminid Meteor Shower 2019 State Visibility Maps
On the night of Saturday, December 14, 2019, Arizona, most of California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and Virginia will have clear skies to watch the Geminid Meteor Shower peak between 1 a.m and 4 a.m. local time early Sunday morning.
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.