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Raw: [One of the year’s most reliable meteor showers peaks on Thursday and Friday.] BBC HomepageSkip to contentAccessibility HelpYour accountHomeNewsSportEarthReelWorklifeTravelMore menuMore menuSearch BBCHomeNewsSportEarthReelWorklifeTravelCultureFutureMusicTVWeatherSoundsClose menuBBC NewsMenuHomeIsrael-Gaza warWar in UkraineClimateVideoWorldUS & CanadaUKBusinessTechMoreScienceEntertainment & ArtsHealthIn PicturesBBC VerifyWorld News TVNewsbeatScienceGeminids meteor shower to streak across night skyPublished7 hours agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The Geminids can typically be seen at the same time each year in mid-DecemberBy Maddie MolloyBBC News Climate & ScienceThe Geminids meteor shower, famous for its multicoloured streaks of light, will peak on Thursday and Friday.Visible around the world, they can be seen with the naked eye, though check the weather where you are as it will affect visibility.In perfect conditions, viewers may spot 100 to 120 meteors per hour.Nasa calls the Geminids one of the year's “best and most reliable annual meteor showers”.Meteor showers are typically caused by a comet, but the Geminids are celestial debris left behind by a rocky asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon.Meteors occur when the Earth passes through trails of debris from comets or asteroids. As that debris hits our planet's atmosphere, it burns up and creates spectacular streaks of light.The name Geminids comes from Gemini, the constellation from which these meteors appear to emerge.The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, says the Geminids are distinctive because of their colours – they can be white, yellow, green, red and blue. It puts this down to the presence of metals like sodium and calcium, adding that this the same effect that is used to make fireworks colourful.”This meteor shower is just a beautiful night sky event where many shooting stars seem to come from the same area in the sky,” said Dr Minjae Kim, an astronomy and astrophysics research fellow at the University of Warwick.You can see meteors anywhere in the sky, so it's a good idea to be in a dark open space where you can see the night sky for the best chance of spotting this spectacular show.While the display of 'shooting stars' is already underway, in the UK the peak of the meteor shower is expected to start around 19:30 GMT on Thursday, 14 December.Dr Kim suggested downloading a stargazing app to help you know where to look. “If you can find the Gemini constellation first, it's a piece of cake to see the meteor shower,” he says.Other tips from Dr Kim include giving your eyes time to adjust to to the dark, and taking a friend along – that way you can keep your eyes on different parts of the sky.Don't worry if you don't manage to see the Geminids during their peak. Although this is when they're at their best, the showers will last until 20 December.Related TopicsAstronomySpaceTop StoriesLive. COP28 draft deal calls for global transition away from fossil fuelsIsrael losing global support over Gaza bombing – BidenPublished7 hours agoAid stalemate overshadows Zelensky’s Washington tripPublished4 hours agoFeaturesAid stalemate overshadows Zelensky’s Washington tripBTS go into the army – what now for K-pop's kings?Russia's new Black Sea naval base alarms GeorgiaOne man dominates Serbia's election – and he's not even runningWhy Rebel Moon's Snyder is glad Disney rejected himIs Rishi Sunak meeting his asylum pledge?The European island known for nudityThe impact will be felt in Ukraine if US aid dries up'Where is mum? Where is grandma? Where did they go?'Elsewhere on the BBCWhy US 'YOLO' spending baffles economistsKarakalpakstan: The 'stan' you've never heard ofHow a 1574 portrait was made 'Insta-fabulous'Most Read1The Netflix show users spent 812m hours watching2Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andre Braugher dies aged 613Russia's new Black Sea naval base alarms Georgia4Argentina begins 'shock therapy' by devaluing peso5Israel losing global support over Gaza bombing – Biden6Nude painting row at French school sparks teacher walkout7Cricket Australia warns Khawaja over Gaza message8Suspected stowaway flies from Copenhagen to LA9Zara says it regrets Gaza images misunderstanding10Israeli tech billionaire hopes for peace despite daughter's killingBBC News ServicesOn your mobileOn smart speakersGet news alertsContact BBC NewsHomeNewsSportEarthReelWorklifeTravelCultureFutureMusicTVWeatherSoundsTerms of UseAbout the BBCPrivacy PolicyCookiesAccessibility HelpParental GuidanceContact the BBCGet Personalised NewslettersWhy you can trust the BBCAdvertise with us© 2023 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read about our approach to external linking.