We're going to have perfect viewing weather at the Shore tonight for the Geminid meteor shower. But, what can we expect?

Frank McMains / Flickr
Frank McMains / Flickr

The Geminids are an annual meteor shower occurring when the Earth passes through the debris tail of asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Translation, a very cool light show in the sky.

Look up anytime between midnight and sunrise to get a glimpse of the Geminids. There will be yellowish streaks that light up the sky, with as many as 160 meteors per hour expected to shine during peak hours, usually between 2 and 3 a.m.


  • Try to find an area isolated from ambient light. A safe area at the beach is prime. While you can't reduce the general brightness of the sky, you can still maximize your eyes' sensitivity by avoiding street lights, building lights, and car headlights. But remember to be safe!
  • Be patient. It may take your eyes a few minutes to adjust to the light and see the meteors.
  • You don’t need binoculars or a telescope – they will only limit the amount of sky you can see.

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