An annual meteor shower is expected to be more dazzling than ever as a lack of moonlight in the United Kingdom helps the shooting stars shine brighter. The famous and bright meteor shower will peak on the night of December 13 and on the morning of December 14.
This year's Geminid meteor shower arrives overnight on Wednesday to light up the night sky - and it is predicted to be the best one yet.
The dust pieces, no bigger than a grain of sand, burn up as they smash into the Earth's atmosphere, up to 100 miles about the surface at speeds of up to 100,000mph.
In the U.S., will get to watch the shower thanks to NASA's online coverage.
The Geminids are named for the constellation Gemini, from which the shooting stars appear to originate.
As an added bonus this year, astronomers will have a chance to study Phaethon up close in mid-December, when it passes nearest to Earth since its discovery in 1983. There is some mystery surrounding the debris which causes this meteor show.
Each year, the Geminid Meteor Shower is anticipated as one of the most spectacular annual meteor events. That's why some researchers call Phaethon a "rock comet".
That broad activity makes this show far more family friendly. Most of the Geminids looks bright white, but they can sometimes have a more yellow hue. If you're watching under a clear and dark sky, Sky & Telescope magazine predicts you could see a meteor every minute or two on average.
NASA will be streaming the shower from its Marshall Space Flight Center beginning at sunset from Huntsville, Alabama. "When you see a meteor, try to trace it backwards", he said. You will want to look towards the darkest part of the sky, which depends on your locations. The best viewing conditions in the country will be across the southern and western USA, where not many clouds are expected. When Gemini is almost overhead all you have to do to spot these meteors is look up (a star-spotting app like SkyGuide is helpful for knowing exactly where to look and when where you live).