Geminid Show Peaks Tonight

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Geminid meteor shower peak starts tonight© Provided by KTVI-TV St. Louis

The Geminids get their name because they appear to radiate from Gemini constellation. Unlike most meteor showers, the Geminids are associated with an asteroid, not a comet.

The shower comes from the debris of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. It orbits the sun every 1.4 years. The Earth passes through its debris every year.

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During the peak, approximately 100-150 meteors can be seen per hour. This year the waning gibbous moon will make it harder to see most of the meteor show. Around 30-40 meteors will be visible per hour in the Northern Hemisphere. It is still expected to be a good show due to the Geminids being so bright.

The Geminids will start between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. CST tonight and will peak at 6 a.m. on December 14. The best time to see the showers will be around 2 a.m.

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