Geminid meteor shower begins, peaks Dec. 13

Brittany Bedi | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 30, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Geminid meteor shower begins on November 30, 2017. The meteor shower will peak on December 13. At its peak, up to 120 meteors can be seen each hour. Meteors will move across the sky at 22 miles per second.

Meteor showers occur when earth passes through a comet’s debris. According to NASA, the Geminids originate from 3200 Phaethon. It’s an extinct comet made up of the rocky skeleton of a comet that lost ice after too many encounters with the sun. The bits and pieces that break off 3200 Phaethon form the Geminid meteoroids.

To see the Geminid meteor shower, go somewhere with little light interference. The moon should not interfere much with the view. The moon phase will be between a last quarter and new moon. Meteors will appear to come from the constellation Gemini in the night sky.

Since the peak of the Geminids will be December 13, local viewing conditions are still uncertain. Be sure to check back with the WCTV Pinpoint Weather Team for a look at the forecast.