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Eyes in the sky: Weekend meteor shower on

Eyes in the sky: Weekend meteor shower on

Initially thought to be emerging from the constellation Gemini (from where it gets the name Geminid), scientists later discovered that the Geminids are fragments of 3200 Phaethon. Although they are visible from dusk until dawn, the meteors peak around 2AM.

Don't look at your cell phone during this time Lie back and look up at the sky, try and give yourself the biggest view of the sky as you can.

You should let your eyes adjust to the darkness, then look straight up.

Next year 's meteor display won't be accompanied by such visible conditions as there will be a full moon out. You'd likely see a few soaring across the sky.

For those who miss tonight's meteor shower, Filippenko said the Geminids will continue Friday evening "but there won't be as many meteors".

The Christmas Comet and the Geminid meteor shower are due to light up the night sky within just hours of one another. The group starts the walk at 8 p.m., but the show will go all night, so show up anytime. The Perseids light up the sky each year when our planet passes through the debris tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet, which is on a 133-Earth-year orbit of the sun.

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You will also be able to see some of the shower tomorrow weather permitting but they have recommend that tonight will be your best bet to see some shooting stars. "As the night progresses, the Geminid rate will increase, hitting a theoretical maximum of about 100 per hour around 2 a.m". As we mentioned earlier, the meteor showers will be at their best on Thursday at midnight and will last until Friday night.

Geminid is unique in another way as most meteor showers originate from comets.

The meteor shower is a effect of dust and grit burning when it enters the Earth's atmosphere.

The lovely Aurora Borealis photobombed by the Geminids shower!

The Geminid shower happens each year at this time, as Earth passes through the huge debris cloud left behind by the object 3200 Phaethon, an odd blue asteroid that may be an extinct comet. "If you're lucky, you'll see perhaps 60 meteors in an hour, which is one meteor per minute", but "30 to 40 per hour is much more realistic", he said.

And while the Northern Hemisphere will get the best views, people in Europe and Africa will be able to catch a glimpse just before and after its peak.