Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week, Here's What You Need to Know - NBC10 Boston

Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week, Here's What You Need to Know

The best chance to catch these "shooting stars" would be at 2 a.m.

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    Juan Carlos Casado via NASA
    On some nights it rains meteors. Asteroid dust streaked through the dark skies of Earth, showering down during the annual Geminids meteor shower in this undated photo courtesy of NASA. Astrophotographer Juan Carlos Casado captured the space weather event, as pictured above, in a series of exposures spanning about 2.3 hours using a wide angle lens.

    The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, with sightings already being reported in New England.

    Meteors, often called "shooting stars," are objects that fall into Earth’s atmosphere and leave a bright tail of light as they begin to burn up.

    This week’s show peaks on Thursday and Friday, but there have already been reports of sightings in Maine and New Hampshire.

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    The odds of seeing some of these meteors is highest around 2 a.m., away from bright city lights.

    In dark spots, there is the potential to see as many as 50 meteors per hour.

    Clouds will be more widespread in Southern New England this week, with more clear skies overnight in Northern New England. Naturally, that means the better chance of seeing the meteors this year would be north.

    Bundle up, though, because overnight lows in parts of Northern New England will be around zero this week!

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