Meteors should appear all over the sky, though not all will belong to the Geminid shower. Starting around 9pm, you should give it a try!
The Geminids meteor shower will see multi-coloured shooting stars burning up in our atmosphere on Thursday 14th December.
"The shower stays active for pretty much the entire month of December in some form or another, but the real peak activity is on that night of the 13th to the morning of the 14th", Chester said. The rate of meteors should pick up toward 2 a.m. Dr. Reynolds says to look directly overhead toward the radiant in Gemini.
The observatory at the Telus World of Science will be open for people wishing to view the Geminid shower on Wednesday and Thursday from 7 p.m.to 10 p.m., weather permitting. It'll take 20-30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.
An nearly absent moon will ensure that the meteors, widely regarded as the most impressive of the year, stand out brightly as they streak across the sky.
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These meteors are colorful and bright, and they're the only ones among the major meteor showers that show themselves strongly before midnight.
According to Cooke, "Phaethon's nature is debated, it's either a near-Earth asteroid or an extinct comet, sometimes called a rock comet".
"If the Earth, in its yearly motion around the Sun happens to pass through such a trail of debris of dust particles, the small dust particles enter the Earth's atmosphere with considerable speed".
Astronomers aren't exactly sure what Phaethon is though.
This photo of the Geminid meteor shower is actually a composite of many exposures from the same shower in China in 2012. Objects relatively close to Earth are illustrated, in general, as nearer to the cartoon figure with the telescope at the bottom center - although nearly everything pictured can be seen without a telescope.