What time is the Geminids meteor shower in the US tonight and where should you look?

A SPECTACULAR celestial display of shooting stars is set to light up US skies.

Here is what we know about the annual extravaganza. 

What time is the Geminids meteor shower in the US tonight?

The meteor shower's peaks on December 14, 2021, starting at 9pm. 

The best viewing opportunity is the waxing, gibbous moon, which will be about 80 per cent full and may reduce visibility to 30 to 40 meteors per hour.

It is expected to set on December 14 around 2 am EST.

Where to look for the Geminids meteor shower? 

The further north you are, the better the view will be.

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The shower will be visible to the naked eye but you should try and find a dark spot to observe from.

Perhaps head to a nearby park or oval to watch the meteor shower — and keep looking north.

What are the Geminids?

Earth each year passes through debris from an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon. 

Bits are constantly breaking off, burning up in the atmosphere causing meteor showers. 

The Geminids get their name from the radiant – which the point in the sky they appear from.

This is in the Gemini constellation just above the north-east horizon.

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