Eyes to the skies, folks! Tonight is the night that the spectacular Geminids meteor shower reaches its peak. Known for having more meteors per hour than any other showers throughout the year, the Geminids will be treating us to a pretty amazing show tonight in Canada, but be prepared to stay up well past bedtime to see them.

The Geminids shower began on Friday, December 3rd but its peak takes place on December 13th and 14th. According to EarthSky, the Geminids favours the Northern Hemisphere, so we’ll be treated to some of the best views of this annual display here in Canada.

These shooting stars will be “bold, white, and quick,” EarthSky says, but NASA calls it “one of the most reliable” showers of the year so you’re definitely likely to see a few in optimal viewing conditions.

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The radiant point is at around 2 a.m. local time, which is when the Gemini constellation will be at its highest point in the sky, making it the optimal time to see the Geminids. The higher the constellation climbs, the better the show will be.

This is also around the time that the moon sets, and you’ll get the best view when the moon’s brightness is no longer be washing out the night sky.

Astronomers told NPR that the best time to see the Geminids will be until sunrise tonight, but the meteor shower itself will last until December 17th.

According to EarthSky, there are a few ways you can ensure that you get the best possible view of the meteor shower. The most important things are time and place — dark, open areas at 2 a.m. or later.


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Once you’re in your star-gazing spot, you’ll want to stay for at least an hour to give your eyes a chance to fully adjust to the darkness. No special equipment is needed, just warm clothing and a comfortable spot to lay down.

The meteors will be visible in all areas of the sky, so bundle up and settle in for a great show!