Break out the blanket and the lawn chair. This year’s Geminid meteor shower will be a gem. When the shower peaks December 14, as many as 120 meteors an hour will be visible at sites free from city lights.
And this year’s Geminid meteor shower is at its prime under dark skies just three days after New Moon. That leaves no moonlight to wash out the bright streaks from this prolific meteor shower.
“No astronomy activity is easier or more social than meteor watching,” says Astronomy Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich. “You don’t need any equipment except a chair. Just grab some friends, bundle up, and watch the show.”