Spectacular Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight. Here’s how to watch the show.

The best shooting stars of the year should be visible on Sunday night (Dec. 13) into the wee hours of Monday morning (Dec.14). 

That’s when the Geminids meteor shower is expected to peak, according to Sky & Telescope magazine. This annual meteor shower gets its name because the bulk of the meteors seem to emanate from near the constellation Gemini. The space rocks come from an object called 3200 Phaethon, which is a rocky asteroid that sheds as it travels in orbit around the sun. Some of the chunks of rock shed by 3200 Phaethon zip into Earth‘s atmosphere and burn up, creating a spectacular light show every December. 

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