Geminid meteor shower peaks early next week

The very popular Geminid meteor shower will be peaking soon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said.

Sunday night into early Monday morning will be considered the peak of this shower and it is worth keeping your eye to the sky for, Zontini said.

The Geminids are named after their radiant point which is where the meteors appear to radiate from, the constellation Gemini. Gemini is in the eastern sky but you can just look up before dawn Monday morning. The shower is known to produce around 50 meteors per hour.

This year is special because we will be in a new moon phase aka there won’t be any moonlight to dim the meteors out.

One problem with Sunday night will be lingering clouds in the Miami Valley, Zontini said.

This shower is active though for several days before and after the peak so keep an eye out at night for meteors. The Geminids are known for producing bright and colorful meteors so they should stand out.

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