Geminid Meteor Shower Should Show Up Well In Colorado

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The Geminid Meteor Shower (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Geminid Meteor Shower (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Written by Meteorologist Dave AguileraMother Nature will be firing off her own Christmas light show Thursday night and again on Friday night this week. One of the best and typically most vibrant meteor showers is on the way.

The Geminid Meteor Shower will be lightning up the night sky on Dec. 13 and 14.

This year is expected to be a great celestial show! With a New Moon expected on Thursday night there will be no interference with the light from the moon. Some astronomers are predicting 70 to 75 meteors in one hour in the dark night sky.

The Geminids can be seen after sunset. But, will most likely peak in Colorado between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Thursday and Friday night. In some years as many as 100 an hour have been spotted making the meteor showers one of the best of the year.

The Geminids originate from the constellation Gemini which is seen in the Northern Hemisphere in the western sky. But, you can view meteors by looking across the entire night sky.

The best viewing is away from glaring city lights. A good way to see more meteors is to give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness. At least, 15 to 20 minutes this gives your eyes the best chance for spotting meteors.

Another good tip, is to watch meteors with a friend. You watch one part of the sky and your friend watches the other. Let each other know when you see on shoot one by.

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