Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Wednesday Night


The Phaethon live stream will kick off at 8am GMT on Friday December 15 from Arizona, followed by a second broadcast at 8pm GMT on Saturday December 16 from Italy. And this year the moon is so small that it won't give off too much light.

The appropriate time to watch the Geminid Meteor Shower is between 8:45 pm tonight to 3:56 am tomorrow. The celestial event will stand out by the absence of bright moonlight, as the moon will be a waning crescent and barely visible. The most meteors will be visible between midnight and 4 a.m.

On the night of December 13, the sky will sparkle with colours as the Geminid meteor shower will be on full display.

A view of the Geminids on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife on December 14, 2016.

Some news outlets are reporting this year could be the best shower to-date.

With more than 7.4 billion people on earth, there is only one sky.

British Columbians, it's your view the the Geminids meteor shower! Meteor showers are associated with comets or asteroids as the parent of all these little pieces of debris. In contrast, asteroids likely formed in the inner solar system and are rockier. The asteroid won't come this close again until 2093. If they survive the journey through the atmosphere and make it to the ground they become a meteorite.

But the Geminid meteor show - which will reach its peak Wednesday night and early Thursday morning - is not typical. Some might be random background meteors, and some might be from weaker, active showers.

The shower could be seen across Earth's Northern Hemisphere, peaking around 2:00 a.m. local time. No one knows exactly where it comes from, but there are two competing theories.

And at three miles wide, it is just half the size of the space rock that led to the mass extinction that wiped out dinosaurs. When Phaethon 3200 gets close to the sun, it sheds its material and is heated to about 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit.