Where to Watch Tonight's Geminids Meteor Shower

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The year's most spectacular meteor shower is this weekend

The streaks in the sky, known as meteors, can be caused by particles as small as a grain of sand.

It is going to be an exciting night for stargazers around the globe as the year's most extraordinary cosmic display is set to illuminate the sky brightly on December 14 (Friday). The Geminids are also slower and denser than numerous other meteor showers, meaning perhaps a longer streak across the sky.

"No need for a telescope or binoculars: fragments from Phaethon, s debris trail should become visible after 9 pm on December 13, peaking after midnight with as many as 120 meteors per hour", Google Doodle representatives wrote.

Here's one great option: the Dubai Astronomy Group will be holding a special public event on Friday evening at Al Qudra lakes from 10pm until 4am. Light from the moon makes it harder to see some fainter meteors, so it's best to wait until it sets to head outside. You can book tickets for the session here. The best part is that our country is positioned to get the best view as we are in the Northern Hemisphere. The fact you'll see so much light is specifically because these objects are burning up in our atmosphere. Bundle up, pack some hot cocoa, get as far away as possible from city lights, and most important of all, be patient.

Nasa also advises that you avoid looking at your phone while your out trying to see the meteors as it will take your eyes longer to adjust to the dark skies.

This particular meteor show is called the Geminids because it seems to radiate from the constellation of Gemini.

For a little help spotting comet Wirtanen, NASA offers the handy skymap below to look for the glowing green ball of light, likely located a little higher in the sky than the star Aldebaran near the constellation of Taurus the bull.

The Geminids are unusual in that they are not shed by a classic icy comet but a body that shares characteristics of both comets and asteroids. The "rock comet" came within 10.2 million km of Earth this past December.

Sharing intriguing pictures of the meteor shower, Twitterati is in a flutter!

Geminid meteor showers occur when moves through the debris from asteroid 3200 Phaeton as it orbits the sun. 3200 Phaethon is an asteroid whose orbit brings it closer to the sun than Mercury.

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