The Geminids, considered by astronomers and amateur stargazers alike to be one of the strongest and most consistent meteor showers, is underway.
When the Geminids reaches its peak in the middle of December, viewers will be able to see a whopping amount of meteors − as many as 120 bright yellow streaks per hour.
The Geminids are active now through Dec. 24, but activity will peak between Dec. 13 and 14, according to the American Meteor Society.
Originating from the area of the constellation Gemini, the Geminids are intensely bright and fast meteors that are considered once of the best cosmic shows of the year.
While the shower is best viewed during the night and predawn hours, activity typically begins around 9 or 10 p.m., according to NASA. What's more, the shower is visible across the globe.
To view the Geminids: – Find an area not polluted by city lights or street lamps; – Prepare for winter temperatures with blankets, warm clothes and a lawn chair;
– Face south and look up at the sky. It takes about 30 minutes in the dark for our eyes to adapt to the night skies and see the meteors.