Last two days to catch the Geminid Meteor Shower

The DC-Metro area has two more days to watch one of the best meteor showers in the Northern Hemisphere. Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, DC, December 16, 2013 — If you missed the tirade of shooting stars Friday night, never fear. The Geminid meteor shower, one of the best meteor showers in the Northern Hemisphere, continues for two more days this week.

Usually known for its reliable offer of 50 or more meteors per hour at its peak, the meteor shower this year has offered fewer visible shooting stars because of the moon- and cloud-drenched skies.

In these last two days, viewers may see a dozen or fewer meteors per hour.

Monday will be the best day as rain and showers are forecasted for Tuesday night. For those hoping to catch a glimpse, experts recommend watching the skies right as the moon sets when the sky is the darkest. 

The Geminid meteor shower gets its name from its perceived starting point at the Gemini constellation.

It usually occurs every year in the first few weeks of December.


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