How to see the Geminids, the best meteor shower of 2020


The shower, which has about 120 meteors per hour, is visible worldwide.

Astronomers are preparing to head out to see the best meteor shower in 2020 exploring the sky.

The Geminid meteor shower, which is usually active every year from December 4th to 17th, is expected to peak on Sunday and Monday nights at a dazzling show of diverse shooting stars.

At its peak, the shower contains about 120 meteors per hour and travels about 22 miles per second, according to NASA. The colors come from the elements from which the meteor was made.

The ratio is expected to be even better this year because the shower peak overlaps with an almost new moon, resulting in a darker sky.

Geminids, which appeared in the 19th century, are considered one of the best and most reliable meteor showers every year, according to NASA. Every year, the Earth passes through the remnants of comet remains from pieces of asteroids that collide with the Earth’s atmosphere to create colored streaks in the sky.

The event is mostly seen at night and before dawn, starting around 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time, in the northern hemisphere, away from city or street lights. NASA says it can be seen all over the world as long as there are no clouds that obstruct the view.

According to the American Meteor Society, the United States is unfortunately more visible in geminids in the southern hemisphere, where the summer season produces fewer clouds.

You can watch a live broadcast of the Geminids meteor shower on NASA’s Meteor Watch Facebook page.