CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It’s time for the December sky show. The meteor shower tomorrow night is part of the annual Geminids (JEM’-i-nids) meteor shower. The most intense of the year — will peak Friday night.
The best viewing may be early Saturday, once the moon sets. Between 100 and 120 meteors are expected every hour at peak time. But scientists say the bright moon will interfere and reduce the number of visible meteors by half. That’s why the best shot for viewing will be closer to dawn on Saturday.
The Geminids come from a small asteroid named 3200 Phaethon, which passes quite close to the sun. Its trail of dust and debris is what makes up the Geminids. Earth passes through this stream of debris every December.
The meteor shower extends from Thursday through Monday.
The annual Geminid meteor shower will peak on the night of Dec. 13-14, 2013. NASA astronomer Bill Cooke, along with Danielle Moser and Rhiannon Blaauwfrom his team of experts, will be on hand to answer questions via a live web chat on Dec. 13 from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m. EST. A live Ustream feed of the skies over Marshall Space Flight Center will also be embedded on this page on the night of the chat.
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