Watch the spectacular Geminid meteor shower on December 13

One of the year’s best meteor showers is expected to light up the skies Thursday night, and specialists say it will be the best show of the year. The Geminid Meteors will be most visible around 8 p.m. EST Thursday, according to reports.

These meteors originate near the Gemini Twins constellation and are known annually for their “slow, bright, graceful meteors and fireballs.”

The Geminids were observed for the first time in 1860, fairly recently, as far as meteor showers go, and it was fairly week, with no indication that it was to become a major event, but the Geminid stream steadily grew more intense each year. Recently, some observers have reported an astounding 120 to 160 meteors per hour, so the Geminids are rapidly gaining a reputation as the most consistent and active annual shower.

What makes this year’s Geminid show more impressive than others, is the fact that the moon will be barely visible, increasing the chances of seeing the meteors in action.

Canadian astronomy specialists think the shower will be best seen in North Africa, Europe, China and Russia will get the best show, but North Americans will also get a good show.

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