Get ready for a light show: Colorful Geminids meteor shower peaks Sunday

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Grab some cocoa and a blanket. Experts say the Geminids meteor shower will be one of the biggest meteor shows of the year.

AccuWeather calls it "The King of Meteor showers." NASA says it's the "best" and "most reliable" annual meteor shower, according to ABC News.

Sunday night into Monday morning – at the Geminids' peak – up to 120 meteors per hour are expected to flash across the the sky, NASA told the station.

NASA says the meteors are usually bright enough that people can see the show in color.

How to watch

The space agency says the meteor shower will be visible all across the globe, but ABC reports it will be more visible in the Northern Hemisphere as long as skies are clear.

Unfortunately, AccuWeather said Thursday it could be too cloudy for people in the northern United States to see the show.

But if you'd like to try your luck and go stargazing anyway, the weather source suggests getting away from city lights. While the meteor shower officially starts at 7 p.m. Sunday, AccuWeather says the best time to watch will be around 2 a.m. Monday.

And if you don't have any luck, try again Monday night.

What is it?

The Geminids are named after the Gemini constellation, ABC reports. The source says the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation.

According to NASA, the Geminids are pieces of debris from 3200 Phaethon, which is classified as an extinct comet.

That night, NASA says some of their experts will stay up and answer questions. Just tweet @NASA_Marshall or use hashtag AskNASA.

Other astronomical news

For the first time since 1977, there will be a full moon on Christmas Day, Time reports.  And the magazine says it won't happen again until 2034.

ABC News says the last full moon of the year is called the Full Cold Moon, Full Long Nights Moon or the Moon before Yule because the nights are so cold and long.

Next Up

Lindsay Whalen

Whalen's Gophers start season with only 7 players available

Whalen isn't happy that a transfer wasn't granted immediate eligibility to play.

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 9.21.08 AM

Baby steals the show in Minnesota family's viral TikTok video

Definitely busting out that wobbly baby move at the next party...

George Floyd protest

Activist groups release 'The People's Budget,' call for $53M Minneapolis police cuts

The People's Budget, spearheaded by Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block, would cut more than $53 million from MPD's budget.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Man dies weeks after November mini bike crash in Lakeville

The crash involved in mini bike and a van in Lakeville on Nov. 9.

gov. tim walz

Walz to be joined by first responders at COVID press conference Wednesday

Some departments have been forced to shift staffing or suspend service due to COVID-19.

Eddie Rosario

Report: Twins place Eddie Rosario on outright waivers

The outfielder's time with the team appears to be coming to an end.

radio station, microphone

Christian music broadcaster revealed as buyers of Go Radio

Educational Media Foundation. operates the K-Love brand, which has a presence already in the Twin Cities.

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 5.04.39 PM

St. Paul police chief reportedly fires officer who shot naked, unarmed man

Chief Todd Axtell said the officer's use of force was not reasonable.

Trevor May

Report: Trevor May leaving Twins to sign with Mets

The right-hander will sign a two-year deal to head to New York

Related