Geminid meteor shower peaks this week

DENVER – You’re in for another treat, skywatchers: The Geminid meteor shower hits its peak this week.

The meteor shower will reach its peak intensity on the night of Dec. 13 and the morning of Dec. 14.

The Geminids happen every year and they’re often one of the best meteor shows, according to Space.com. Meteor rates could be as high as 120 meteors per hour at the peak.

The meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Gemini, which is where the meteors often appear to originate from. You can usually see them anywhere in the night sky, however. Just make sure you find a nice, dark spot away from city lights.

The weather forecast in the Denver area is pretty favorable for stargazing: Forecasters are calling for clear to partly cloudy skies most of the week. The moon also will cooperate – we just had a full moon on Dec. 3, so the moon will be waning for the next few days, with the new moon occurring on Dec. 17.

Head over to Space.com for more tips on seeing the meteor shower.

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