Geminid meteor shower display from December 13 midnight

Geminids 2017: How to see New Zealand's best meteor shower of the year

This year's display should be particularly good, NASA says, because the moon is a thin, waning crescent this weekend, so it's unlikely to obscure the show.

The jury still is out on whether the object named 3200 Phaethon is formerly an asteroid or a comet.

Expect the annual Geminid meteor shower which peaks Wednesday night and Thursday morning to be a good one this year. Shooting stars also will be evident on the nights before and after.

Sky watchers can see dozens of Geminids per hour on December 13th and 14th as gravelly bits of the rock comet disintegrate in Earth's upper atmosphere.

Taking its name from the region in the sky where it usually appears (Gemini constellation) the Geminids are renowned for being some of the brightest and most active in the stargazing calendar.

Chester notes that the intensity of the shower has been slowly growing since it first was described in the 1860s. The summer Perseids-which the American Meteor Society calls "the most popular meteor shower"-may be better known, and are arguably the closest contender to the Geminids".

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One of the year's best meteor showers is ready to put on a show over the Sonoran Desert.

"Which would you rather do, to be honest?" This frequent rate can be seen between 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday until dawn on Thursday, according to NASA.

This stunning wonder of nature takes place as our planet travels through the tail of an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon, which is due to brush nail-bitingly close to our planet on December 17.

Meteor showers occur when the Earth ploughs through clouds of cometary dust. As they write, "it's even possible to have your back to the constellation Gemini and see a Geminid meteor fly by".

You should be able to see shooting stars as soon as night falls, but the best views tend to come between 2am and 3am.

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