Still time to catch the peak Geminid meteor shower
Reference by: OiiO Space
April 23, 2016   12:02 AM

The Geminid meteor show put on each year when the Earth passes through the debris field caused by the 3-mile-wide space object known as 3200 Phaetheon is peaking right now. You'll be able to catch them once the sun goes down ... wherever you are ... and, you know, if you're under a clear patch of sky.
If you miss them tonight, you've got a few more evenings to see at least a few. During the peak nights, Sunday and Monday, you can see up to 100 a streaks of light an hour, NASA reports. The Earth passes through that belt of debris from roughly Dec. 4 to 17.
"Phaethon's eccentric orbit around the sun brings it well inside the orbit of Mercury every 1.4 years. Traveling this close to the sun blasts Phaethon with solar heat that may boil jets of dust into the Geminid stream. Of all the debris streams Earth passes through each year, the Geminid shower is the most massive," NASA explains.
And because the particles are fairly dense, they penetrate our atmosphere deeper, causing some of them to be brighter streaks than you might otherwise see from a meteor.