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Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight in Maryland

A picture of the Geminid meteor shower in San Francisco.

A picture of the Geminid meteor shower in San Francisco.

If you’re going to be outside after midnight tonight, you’ll get a chance to see some of the Geminid meteor shower, one of the best meteor showers around.

You won’t have to deal with the moon’s glare, there’s a new moon out tonight, and experts say you’ll see up to 100 meteors an hour.

Just look into the east southeast sky near the constellation Gemini, located by finding the two twin stars Castor and Pollux in Gemini to the upper left of Orion.

The Geminids appear to originate from the constellation Gemini in the winter sky. The bits of space rock and ice burn up in the atmosphere as the Earth passes through a debris field from the asteroid 3200 Phaethon.

This year there may be more meteors as usual. The earth will also pass through a comet debris trail from Comet Wirtanen.

These shooting stars will seem to be coming from the constellation Pisces (The Fish), so the shower may end up being called the Piscids.

Places to Watch

Some good places to watch the meteor shower include the eastern shore or western Maryland. Head off west on Frederick Rd Rt 144 west until the city lights dim and pull over and enjoy the meteor shower.

Drive over the Bay Bridge east until it’s dark enough and look up.

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