For those wanting to watch the Geminids meteor shower Tuesday, sorry

The supermoon will probably block most of the shooting stars.
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One of the most reliable meteor showers of the year peaks Tuesday, but the Geminids will be a little harder to see this time.

That's because a super full moon will peak around the same time, outshining the shooting starsNASA explained.

Dec. 13 marks the third consecutive supermoon (when the moon is full and at the closest point to Earth) since October. And because a supermoon typically looks a lot bigger and brighter than a normal moon, it may hide all but the brightest meteors to the naked eye, Space.com says.

If you do plan to try and watch the celestial show, it'll get going around 9-10 p.m. and peak around 2 a.m. Wednesday, with an estimated 120 meteors per hour, NASA says.

It's best to find a dark place away from city lights (this map can help you find a good spot). And there's good news for people in central and southern Minnesota. According to the National Weather Service's website, cloud cover will be under 50 percent at 1 a.m. Wednesday. (See map below.) But bundle up, it's going to be very cold.

 Credit: National Weather Service

Credit: National Weather Service

If you don't want to brave the cold, you can watch a live stream of the meteor shower online here.

Next year, however, the moon won't get in the way. Space.com says the Geminids will peak on Dec. 14, when the moon is a narrow crescent.

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