How to Watch the Geminids: The Best Meteor Shower of 2023

The Geminids meteor shower is one of the best and most reliable annual meteor showers, with up to 120 meteors per hour at peak times

The shower originates from an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon, which may be a “dead comet” or a “rock comet

The shower is active from November 19 to December 24, but the peak is on December 14, 2023, at 19:27 UTC

The best time to watch the shower is after midnight through dawn on December 15, 2023, when the sky is dark and the radiant is high

The Geminids are bright and fast meteors, and tend to be yellow in color

The shower can be seen from both hemispheres, but is more favorable for the Northern Hemisphere

To watch the shower, no special equipment is needed, just a dark spot away from city lights, a comfortable position, and some patience