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15 December 2017, 06:35 | Jermaine Blake

NASAGeminids 2017 The annual meteor shower will peak between December 13 and December 14

Geminids 2017 Geminid meteor shower from NASA

This special meteor shower can be seen all around the world, reaching its peak between 7:30 p.m. on December 13 and dawn on the morning of December 14.

The meteor shower could be seen originating from the Geminid constellation even though they are visible anywhere in the sky.

Meteor showers like the Geminids occur when the Earth plows into a stream of debris in space left behind by a comet or asteroid.

Hundreds of bright meteors will illuminate the night sky as they burn up in Earth's atmosphere.

The forecast tonight for Tulsa is mostly clear with a low of 37 degrees.

"With August's Perseids obscured by bright moonlight, the Geminids will be the best shower this year", said Bill Cooke with NASA's meteoroid environment office.

The Geminid Shower, named after the constellation closest to its appearance, will be visible anytime between December 13 and December 14.

Just because the Geminid meteor shower happens every year doesn't mean its parent asteroid is nearby.

Geminids 2017 Phaethon asteroid 3200
NASAGeminids 2017 The bright meteors are fragments of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon

According to scientists, Geminids have a much slower speed than other meteors and typically come in at an angle in the sky.

The Geminids are typically one of the best meteor showers of the year, with 50 or more meteors streaking across the sky per hour.

You don't need any special equipment to see the shower, but you do need a fair bit of patience. "Since then, the Geminids have gradually strengthened to become the strongest annual shower, with peak rates of about 120 per hour", he said. The farther away from light pollution you are, the better the show will be.

A great night ahead for viewing the meteor shower.

The only equipment you need to see the meteors are your eyes. In addition, you should give your eyes about 20 - 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness. The agency is streaming the meteor shower tonight, broadcasting from the Automated Lunar and Meteor Observatory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

"This year, the nice thing is that the sky is going to be nice and dark, it's going to be clear, the weather is going to be comfortable".

But if you are a constellation aficionado, don't focus mainly on the Gemini constellation.

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